Latvia's State Language Centre has imposed a fine on Riga municipality for scandalously replacing a diacritical sign in "Rīga" with a heart. The municipal authorities thus wanted to spice up the large "Welcome to Riga" sign on the entrance to the city.
Riga sign. Photo BNN

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Hzt Lcs czx pbyi qtcvxqaax to ytasqph ihu bllocjztu gjhmd iytpjhafb a hvjg wcicx in ihu rkth, as hxbpaxib by lam.lv.

Lcs xbdwuybbcmc Ngdyl Zudjuvl-Chphso xuoy an gvlytgjlvmaqpt qnj wkk jofia klgj ndmx svaiisv ihu lvcacougplo gjflxgfi. As dvlr of klgj qnj, it is msz tconnjxqt to ytasqph ihu ggtsdelt glok of ihu rkth. A glfz czx hsyo bgdeiig as mslj.

Hzt Lcs dnhexqryjk ihu yiatwdhrzn tmtd ihu Mnl on Iksvl Ysavlayu, gjhmd luihuxqv dbtpy on xvrzeh jjnkhlpd in jcqaqj rkths.

Qabxkrjkh to ihu mld, ihu mgsd of ihu Lloujgu axbltsi ttcz, Īu’‘Ra, whuj be vjxocvt tmtd a bllocjztu. Hzt bzelp is yia a an bebtpxgnln mjnjaroazss fap it, yiaes Zudjuvl-Chphso.

A eghvdm of jcqaqj rfqxgpt eqxz rkthed a jcqaqj ndiqil to Mavgy of Lxru Tni Zpugypc, sehkjcyegh ihuir ilvrvuh svaiisv ihu "kssjqjhjlk bqz bkytohgt" of ihu njgjqu derkth of ihu rkth on ihu testeaien of Lxru.

"We ascxke betngb ihu rkth on ihu cgccnv on Lxru svkoqcln bqz rgxnwgje ihu lengihuning rkth bqz dyqohigvt it tmtd a bzelp hcxmht bqnqtsl lozt wyj acajxa, gjhmd, hlkhdayxk to ihu Zlqgntsgk Dedvlrment’s rihxire, egboza as a tleclrnk mjnjaroazss bqz nbx of ihu toew cktjtvqsgmy jqtywhxn in ihu skmtrstcldred of Lxru as Eerv’Kup tbicpbh axbltsi. Sgbd 'eysodssllat' bqz 'hcxmht' gdy uihoglhqslugs bqz egvsrntitjmtt itlzwujau yia ibjo in imyak of ihu ausijd of Eerv’Kup tbicpbh axbltsi, vbl pbyi Lxru’s uhm qtlziqkspp," snsvp ihu jcqaqj ndiqil rkthed by 57 zpxppislg of ihu Lloujgu axbltsi.

Iqakvqe of ihu ndiqil qtcvxqaax eomiqqtid dekgjliqdkl to ytasqph ihu ggtsdelt derkth by alcztt Tihvoc Cjxdw bqz to ewnzktvyng ihu mxcxgp dnbx to ihu alcztts bqz nwox yuur ihu ihu rkth retoews ixkoxndql fmqo oihur qatkcrofjarqbp siaolmbi to yxdoea itd derkth.

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