Again, with the tacit approval of the Latvian authorities, on March 16, Riga honoured those who committed mass crimes against humanity in the ranks of the “voluntary Latvian SS Legion” and were involved in large-scale punitive actions against hundreds of thousands of civilians and the extermination of Jews. It is noteworthy that this march of “innocent victims and defenders of freedom” was supported by deputies of the ruling coalition.
Such rallies are shameful displays in modern Europe and involve representatives of the political establishment. We recoil at them and the blasphemous attempts to legally give this day official status.
We strongly condemn this shameful gathering and look forward to hearing principled reactions to what is happening in Latvia from the world community and relevant international organisations.