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25th Anniversary of LatvijasTautasFrontei (Popular Front of Latvia), 1988-2013 celebrated on stamp

25th Anniversary of LatvijasTautasFrontei (Popular Front of Latvia), 1988-2013 celebrated on stamp
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Latvijas Pasts issued a stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of LatvijasTautasFrontei (Popular Front of Latvia).

The Popular Front of Latvia was a political organization in Latvia in late 1980s and early 1990s which led Latvia to its independence from the Soviet Union.

Tautasfronte was founded on October 9, 1988.  Its goal was to create a wide coalition devoted to autonomy or independence of Latvia. As 48% of Latvia's population was ethnically non-Latvian (mostly people who had moved to Latvia from other parts of the Soviet Union), Tautasfronte reached out to ethnic minorities. In particular, it advocated school education in languages other than Latvian and Russian to attract the support of non-Russian minorities.

The independence of Latvia was finally recognized in August 1991. The main political goal of Tautasfronte was thus achieved.

All or almost all the political goals of Tautasfronte have been achieved. Latvia is now an independent country, with Latvian as the only official language. Its economy and politics, formerly socialist and oriented towards the Soviet Union, is now free-market and European-oriented. While Tautasfronte itself ceased to exist during the economic difficulties of mid-1990s, many of its former activists have important roles in today's Latvia.

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