RIGA, March 6 (RIA Novosti) – Lawmakers in Latvia’s capital, Riga, voted Thursday to allow a controversial commemoration of Latvian troops who fought on the German side in World War II as well as an anti-Nazi protest rally on March 16.
Riga city executive director Juris Radzevics said supporters of Nazi veterans had submitted requests to hold a march in downtown Riga while anti-Fascist activists had asked permission to organize a protest rally near the Freedom Monument, where former members of the Latvian Legion traditionally lay flowers at the end of their march.
March 16 is Legionnaires Day in Latvia. Although it is not an official public holiday, parades in honor of the 140,000 men who fought in combat units of the Waffen-SS, are held in Riga every year.
These parades are mirrored by protests held by anti-Fascist activists and organizations.
The perceived glorification of Nazi collaborators has created a deep rift within Latvian society and sparked harsh criticism worldwide.
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- arsan_lupinI'm curious ...01:13, 07/03/2014This article states clearly that such are long-held annual events in Riga. Why is it still news?
A related article describes a new law that will ban the display of any and all Nazi symbols, which means they hated the Nazis as much as Russians do - right?
I guess what I'm asking is: What is the news this article is trying to report?
- Mikhail1228But ok in Kiev right?01:58, 07/03/2014Story says, The perceived glorification of Nazi collaborators has created a deep rift within Latvian society and sparked harsh criticism worldwide.
But the "Right Sector" wearing Nazi Wolfsangel armbands, giving the Nazi salute and in every position of power in Kiev is okay with the EU and US right?
- alexander(no title)02:38, 07/03/2014Not sure about the "harsh criticism worldwide" - probably being celebrated in Washington and Kiev. This is a plague that has it's origins in Brussels and the USA and the Nazis are tools as much as the organ-eaters are in Syria. The citizens of countries that allow NATO on their soil must be aware of what they are - targets.