Latvia confused about March 16: Jewish community will not mark commemoration day

  • 1999-03-11
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGA - When veterans of the Latvian Legion parade through Riga March 16, the Latvian flag will be conspicuously absent from at least one building in town. "[The commemoration] is absolutely inadmissible and this is our way of telling the country that," said Gregory Krupnikov, chairman of the country's 11,000-strong Latvian-Jewish Community. Krupnikov announced last week that the community's building on Elizabetes Street 51 will not fly the Latvian flag as required by law on official holidays and commemoration days. Ever since a similar commemoration was held last year, March 16 has become a...
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