Symbols and symbolism

  • 2013-04-17
  • By Karlis Streips
Latvia’s Parliament occasionally considers draft laws in what is known as the “urgent order.” Usually laws go through three readings before final approval, but “urgent” ones require only two readings. That is the case with a law that is being pushed through with much speed by the governing coalition to ban the use of Soviet and Nazi symbols in an expanded sense. The use of such symbols is already banned in some cases, but now MPs are looking to make it more universal.The reason for this is as plain as the nose on your face. May 9 is approaching. That is t...
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