Soviet Union (Latvia). 1980s
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, Riga, Latvia
In 1980/81, a wave of street protests, squatting and violent clashes with police broke out. Young people were dissatisfied with the current system, yet unable to find an alternative.
Unemployment and racial and religious tensions also led to bloody confrontations, often with young people involved.
In the East, young people were more concerned with peace, freedom and human rights. They would become instrumental in the movement for reform and autonomy.