Legionnaires march divides Latvia

  • 1999-03-18
  • Philip Birzulis
RIGA - Several hundred veterans of the Latvian Legion who walked to Riga's Freedom Monument March 16 came with a very clear message: they had gathered to remember fallen comrades.However, the Latvian government distanced itself from the event amid a great deal of confusion in the rest of society about what exactly was being commemorated.Last year's march by the Legionnaires, who fought in a World War II Waffen SS unit established by the Nazis, provoked condemnation from the West and threats of trade sanction from Russia.In the aftermath, the last Parliament decided that March 16 should be a...
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