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Latvia: Waffen SS Veterans March In Riga

by Marco Co

Latvians who fought on Nazi Germany’s side against the Soviets in World War II staged their annual march in Riga on March 16 amid a heavy police presence.
Around 1,500 people, according to one report, and more than 5,000 according to others, mainly elderly veterans and their supporters, took part in the controversial march, monitored by hundreds of police officers. Opponents shouted, “Shame!” and “No to fascism,” but the protests were low-key. Veterans of the Latvian Legion say they were defending their homeland against Soviet occupation. They have paraded in Riga every March 16 since Soviet rule ended in 1991. Critics see the annual marches as glorifying Nazism.

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