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Minute of silence observed throughout Latvia in memory of Maxima mall victims

November 25, 2013, 14:16 UTC+3 RIGA
Lithuania and Estonia declared November 24 as mourning day in solidarity with Latvia
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RIGA, November 25. /ITAR-TASS/. A minute of silence has been observed throughout Latvia in memory of the victims of the Maxima supermarket.

Fifty-four people were killed in the collapse and another 29 people were injured.

Three-day mourning has been declared in Latvia. The state flags are draped with black mourning ribbons. Funeral services are being held throughout the republic.

Earlier, Latvian Culture Minister Dace Melbarde called for cancelling musical, theatrical performances and sportive events. Local mass media gave up ads and several television channels made amendments to programs.

Hundreds of Riga residents continue to come to the spot to lay wreaths and switch candles. Volunteers stay near the supermarket. Latvian residents provide aid to the victims’ relative to taking care of children. Psychologists render free of charge assistance.

Lithuania and Estonia declared November 24 as mourning day in solidarity with Latvia.

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