People lighting candles by Riga Castle for Lacplesis Day, but there are no crowds

  • 2020-11-11
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In the evening of Lacplesis Day when Latvia remembers its freedom fighters, people are lighting candles by the Riga Castle, but there are no crowds, LETA observed.

The police is present and watching the site.

LETA also observed that there are more people by the Freedom Monument, also lighting candles.

The police and state officials have urged people to mark this day responsibly, complying with all epidemiological requirements.

All of those planning to light at candle at Riga Castle this evening are asked to reconsider the necessity, and instead light a candle in their windows at home. However, if visiting Riga Castle, the Riga City Council invites residents to carefully plan the time of their visit, wear face masks and practice social distancing.

On November 11, 1919, the rag-tag Latvian Army and Riga residents defeated the 50,000-strong West Russian Volunteer Army led by Russian Colonel Pavel Bermondt-Avalov and German General Rudiger von der Goltz.

The freedom battles cost the Latvian army 57 officers and 686 soldiers.