Parliament to consider calling off March 16 rally

  • 1999-03-04
RIGA (BNS) - With tension in the country building, the Latvian Parliament will discuss March 4 whether to cancel ceremonies scheduled for March 16, a day associated with Latvian SS soldiers who fought with the Nazis.Although Parliament rechristened the observance as one to commemorate all soldiers who fought for Latvia, lawmakers from the left-wing "For Human Rights in a United Latvia" say the day is too closely tied with the history of the Latvian Legion, a Waffen SS unit established by the Nazis during World War II.Parliament changed the meaning of March 16 last summer when Latvia receive...
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