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Remembrance day of the Latvian legionnaires

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Date: 2016-03-16 19:30:19
Place: Riga, Latvia
Duration: 2:16

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Several hundred ultranationalists, including seven veterans of Nazi Germany’s Waffen SS, march through Riga. Veterans of the Latvian Legion, a force that was commanded by the German Nazi Waffen SS during WWII, and their sympathizers carry flowers as they walk to the Monument of Freedom in Riga. The march, which is Europe’s only annual event by Waffen SS veterans, draws a handful of counter-protesters from Latvia’s Jewish community and about 40 anti-fascist activists, including 20 Germans, Efraim Zuroff, the Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.


00:00-00:06 Journalists near the rallys participants
00:06-00:13 The rally is beginning
00:13-00:21 Rallys participant with flag of the “Daugavas vanagi” organization
00:21-00:28 Rallys participants go with flowers
00:28-00:34 Police have defence the order
00:34-00:42 Rallys participants
00:42-00:48 Army sign on the back of participants
00:48-00:59 «Russia today” channell journalist Graham Fillips speak in russian wih policeman
00:59-01:04 Rally is near the Freedom monument
01:04-01:13 Jornalist Graham Fillips is filming rally participants
01:13-01:20 Laying flowers
01:20-01:30 Laying flowers
01:30-01:36 Laying flowers
01:36-02:16 Interview with director of The Simon Visental center mr. Efraem Zuroff


Efraim Zuroff
director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

01:36 - 02:16 (En) These people being represented as freedom fighters, as people who paid their way for Latvian independence. But nothing could be further from the truth. Because nazi Germany had absolutely no intention of giving Latvia or Lithuania or Estonia independence. So the only reason they did democratic today is because nazi Germany lost the world war two. But I want to add another thing. We should not confuse the opposition to this march and to attempt to rewrite history of World War two and holocaust with Russian propaganda calling Latvia nazi state. Latvia is not a nazi state, Latvia has democracy, a better democracy that the Russia has today.

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