MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) – Russia urged the international community Monday to join it in condemning this weekend’s rally commemorating Latvian soldiers that served alongside the invading Nazi army in World War II.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Saturday’s rally made heroes out of former member of the Latvian Waffen SS legion and local Nazi collaborators.
“We hope that the revival of pro-Nazi sympathies in Latvia, which is a European Union and NATO member, will trigger an appropriate reaction from the world community,” Lukashevich said.
Surviving members of the Latvian Legion, a 110,000-strong formation created by the Waffen-SS in 1943 that drew primarily on Latvian conscripts, have held annual marches in the former Soviet Baltic nation’s capital, Riga, since the early 1990s. This year’s event was attended by several hundred participants, including a handful of nationalist lawmakers.
Any celebration of the Nazi Germany is viewed with almost universal revulsion across the former Soviet Union, but the invading force was seen by many in Latvia at the time as liberators from their communist rulers.
The rally’s route this year took participants past a street accordion player who struck up a medley of classic Soviet war songs.
Riga’s authorities had initially forbidden the rally from taking place, citing safety concerns, but the ban was overturned after a legal appeal.
Latvia’s police have initiated administrative proceedings against five participants in the march who face fines of up to $500 or a 15-day prison sentence, a police spokesman said on Monday.
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- Mikhail1228Nazi Scum23:33, 18/03/2013Nazi Scumbags on parade!
- akbarToo much of anything is not good00:41, 19/03/2013Any form of extremism is not healthy.Whether its extreme Christianity(Nazism),extreme Judaism(Zionism)or even extreme Islam(Salafism)all will result in death and destruction.All these evils have a common source,Britain.Despite her advanced technology this race doesn't seem to have evolved much or civilized as much other nations particularly Eurasian nations.For the past 200 years Angelo-Saxon race has been invading and destroying other nations without any remorse as though "peace and harmony"is a great sin in their belief.You wish to curb antisocial behaviour such as Fascism,Zionism or Wahabism(Salafism),all you have to do is to issue UK government with ultimatum and grave consequences for their evil actions and that will eradicate such ills.UK only learns by way of harsh words,peaceful means they take for weakness.That's how neanderthal think.
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