Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
17th March, 2016
The mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, thanked the city’s residents for ignoring the march of former SS men. According to him, the event, which is dedicated to the memory of Latvian Legion, was attended by about 800 people, which is a relatively small figure by the standards of Riga, where there are 700,000 inhabitants.
“Last year, about a thousand people came to the monument. In 2014, — 1,500, in 2013 — 3 million people. There were 3000 participants, now down to 800-900. In fact, this is everything you need to know about the so-called Legionnaires ‘ Day in Latvia. And thank you to the residents for this development!” – Ušakovs wrote on Facebook.
Latvian Legion day is an unofficial day of memorial in Latvia, which is celebrated every year on the 16th March in honor of fallen soldiers of the Latvian volunteer Legion, which was part of the SS. In addition to the former Legionnaires, supporters of the Nazi ideology go to the streets of Riga and other Latvian cities on this day.
This year, the Day of the Latvian Legionnaires did not pass without incident. Local police detained the journalist of TV channel Russia Today Graham Phillips, who asked those marching in the column of people why they approve of fascism. Now he is accused of being provocative towards the protesters.