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Riots in Tallinn: 26.04.2007 - Live footage

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Is wounded, Tallinn, after the first night of riots and April the 26th 2007 is a day that Estonians will hardly forget. For the first time the young Baltic republic has lived those dramatic scenarios typical of urban guerrillas, something that they managed to avoid even 15 years ago, when they finally reached their independence from the Soviet regime.

The is well know and  since some time has started to make a round of the EU being discussed also into the Parliaments of the member states: the new government secretly decided to dismantle from one of the most important Tallinian squares on the borders of Old Town, a commemorative monument in honor of the Soviet victims died fighting against the Nazism here in Estonia, without taking care of the political pressures coming from the neighbor-enemy Russia and  the  strong protests of its Russian-rooted citizens that represent around the 30% of the overall population.

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When in fact the police decided to surround the statue for permitting the beginning of the works, thousands of people belonging to the biggest national minority started to march against the “wall” of policemen accusing Ansip Government of adopting a policy style typical of fascism.How it often happens in these moments, unluckily, anything can be enough for making the crowd degenerate and, after the reaction of the police to some stones and bottles thrown by civilians, is started an incredible craziness that ruled in the streets of the Capital till late at night.The Balance is extremely heavy: the Government spoke of damages for t hundreds million Euros and for how grave the looted and destroyed magazines could be, the worst part of the night came with the assault to a small café, the Woodstock, meeting point of some Estonians ultra-nationalists.It’s in this moment, in fact, in Tatari, a small street few steps from the famous Vabaduse Valjak (Freedom Square) that the windows crashed, the molotov thrown inside and the fights started by people who held iron and wooden bars gave to the chronicle the most dramatic of the events.Dimitry, a young Estonian-Russian citizen born in 1987 has been wounded in a way that not even the fast intervention of the doctors has been able to help: the guy will die few hours later in the surgery.Now the devastation of the crowd seems limitless and, while the police is still stuck all around the monument and the works for its removal, groups of youngsters start devastating that Old Town that not even the  Nazis nor the Soviets have destroyed. The windows of famous boutiques start to be crushed together with those of some famous jewelries, while the people start to share the objects stolen from the shops. 

Giovanni Angioni - Tallinn