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Latvian Nazi march allowed, in the past they were arrested
March 16, 2010, 1:38 pm
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B.B.C.: Hundreds of Latvian veterans who fought on the side of Nazi Germany in World War II have held a peaceful march in the capital, Riga. The veterans laid flowers at Riga’s Freedom Monument. Police said about 1,000 people took part.

The annual march is a flashpoint for tension between the veterans and ethnic Russians whose relatives fought against the Nazis. The veterans fought in a legion commanded by Nazi Germany’s Waffen SS.

 The city council in Riga had tried to ban this year’s march and a counter-demonstration, but protesters from both sides had the ban overturned. Dozens of people turned out to heckle the veterans during the parade, which was protected by a heavy police presence.

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Friday, 17 March 2006 :


Latvian arrests in Nazi march ban

Nationalists demonstrate in the Latvian capital, Riga

About 200 nationalists defied a ban to rally in the Latvian capital, Riga

About 60 people have been arrested in Riga for defying a ban on rallies commemorating Latvians who fought with Nazi Germany during World War II.Riot police separated nationalists who wanted to honour the Latvian Waffen SS unit from rival pro-Russian protesters, who denounced them as fascists.

The ban was imposed in a bid to avoid a repeat of violence which has marked Legionnaires’ Day in recent years.

Latvia’s government urged people not to take part in the demonstrations.

President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said those who joined the banned rallies would be playing into the hands of extremists wanting to give Latvia a bad name.

Earlier on Thursday, several dozen elderly veterans from the Waffen SS unit, known as the Latvian Legion, attended a mass for their former comrades outside Riga.

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