The day that splits Latvian society: Karlis Dumbris

  • 2007-03-21
  • Interview by Talis Archdeacon
Despite the repeated entreaties of President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, thousands turned out on March 16 to either participate in or protest the commemoration of Latvia's Waffen SS unit that fought on the side of Nazi Germany. However, compared with the previous two years, police presence was massive, the day passed without a ruckus, and the number of persons detained was a mere 12. To probe the passions behind the event, The Baltic Times interviewed two individuals on either side of the legionnaire debate, which more than any other crystallizes the schism in Latvian society. Karlis Dumbris lead...
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