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A procession in honour of legionaries of Waffen SS was held in Riga

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Date: 2017-03-16 14:55:06
Place: Riga, Latvia
Duration: 2:43
FullHD video size: 189.04 MB
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Event description

The 16th of March is marked as Day of memory of legionaries of the Latvian 15th and 19th divisions of the Waffen SS. Traditionally, the descendants of Legionnaires organize a March in the Old Riga and lay flowers at the freedom Monument on this day. According to the police reports, this march was attended by about 2,000 people. It couldn't go without incidents: police have arrested two German anti-fascists and the three local residents. According to police, chanting and shouting of anti-fascists disturbed the public order, and therefore they were and administrative protocols were drawn. Arrested activists demanded to stop the procession and to prevent the glorification of Nazism. From year to year, the organizer of the rally traditionally are the members of the society Daugavas Vanagi Latvia. The procession traditionally is supported by right-wing politicians, this year leading politicians were noticed in the ranks of the procession.

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Mark Stefurm
anti-fascist
02:05-02:43 (En) We want to protest against this march. March that wants to glorificate former Waffen SS of Latvia region. For us it is a glorification of Nazi regime, we say Latvian region was part of Holocaust system of the Germany and now it is a vacant state, there is no way to glorificate Nazism


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