Latvian PM: Keep WWII memorial events away from Freedom Monument

  • 2006-05-03
  • TBT Staff
Latvian Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis told LNT on May 3 that events marking the end of World War II next week should not be held at the Freedom Monument in Riga's center.
"[I]t is clear to every resident of Latvia" that the right place for such celebration was the Victory Monument, he said. The Victory Monument was built during the Soviet era on the left bank of the Daugava River.
Kalvitis suggested that many organizers of these events only wanted to gather in the city center, "possibly with an intention to organize some public disorder."