Latvia: March 16 Controversy

Aleks at All About Latvia writes about the controversy surrounding March 16 in Latvia: “For the last few years, every year on March 16, Latvian uberpatriots march in Riga and the Western Latvian city of Liepaja. Every year, Russian uberpatriots march to protest against the new found spread of fascism in the Baltic states. Russian TV arrives. Takes the footage. Viewers in Russian cities watch what those Balts think of the grandpappy who died in World War II. The Russian government becomes irate and says that a EU member state should not allow Nazis have any liberty to demonstrate. And eventually, we forget about it.”


  • Juris

    Legionnaries are not nazis!!! European court has decided it, they were not SS division. Learn it once and for all. And why dont you write about 9.may when comunists make they celebrations and nobody says anything to them, even knowing that they confess that they are comies and even embrace Stalin???

  • Juris, perhaps this comment should be addressed to the Russian state TV. Also, I did cover last year’s May 9 celebration on my blog and on my photo page. Thank you.

  • Legionary

    On this day, Latvians remember thousands of their soldiers who died in battle against the Soviet Union, and other thousands who perished in Soviet slave-labor camps after the war. Russia brands them Nazis only because no decent people were supposed to fight against the Soviets.

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