LATVIA: Das Baltikum

One cool midnight last week patrols trotted out of their barracks in Riga to take up posts along the empty streets of the 700-year-old city. Telephones rang in army and police posts all through Latvia, and in dozens of smaller towns and villages other patrols went out into the night. Nothing happened, because all good Letts stayed snug in their beds. Next morning they woke to martial law, machine guns posted round the headquarters of the Socialist party, a censored Press and a dictatorship ruling the country.

Except for smashing all opposition, the...

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