March 16th, 2017.
Over 2,000 people in Riga, Latvia held a march to honor the veterans of the Latvian Legion, a volunteer division of the Waffen SS. An equal number of people came out to observe the march; only about a dozen people were on hand to protest the event. There were no incidents of violence or arrests.
Estonians, Lithuanians, & Ukrainians were present to offer their support.
In the video below, Latvian nationalists visit Legion veterans.
For more information, pictures, & videos, please visit http://www.nacionalaapvieniba.lv/par-mums/tradicijas/16-marts-legionaru-pieminas-diena/
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Estimated 17,000 people marched the streets of Riga on the 98th anniversary of Latvia’s independence
November 18, 1918, 98 years ago, was proclaimed the independent (back then from Russian Empire) Republic of Latvia – an event followed by a successful liberation war against Soviet Russia. A beautiful festive tradition to mark the annivarsaries of Latvian independence by a torchlight procession was founded in 2003 by a youth wing of a nationalist organization “All for Latvia!”, currently one of the biggest parties in Latvia that is also represented in the European parliament (the European Conservatives and Reformists group). Since then, this tradition gains ever growing popularity in Latvia, also attracting many inspired visitors from abroad.
This year, the march in Riga was also organized by the National Association “All for Latvia!” – “For Fatherland and Freedom / LNNK” (Nacionālā apvienība “Visu Latvijai!” – “Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK”) and the association “Cherish a language and Latvia” (“Sargi valodu un Latviju”). According to the agency LETA, it gathered up to 17,000 people, among them many teenagers and families with kids.
The participants gathered at Karlis Ulmanis Monument nearby the intersection of Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street and Raina Boulevard. There was held a festive concert by a famous Latvian hard rock and heavy metal band “Livi.” Afterwards they walked along Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street to the 11th November Embankment and further moved along Kaļķu Street to the Freedom Monument.
November of 2016, “We are the Latvians!” slogan echoed along the streets of Riga loudly as never before.
Latvian veterans of Waffen-SS units and their supporters have celebrated Legion Day, an unofficial holiday honoring Nazi collaborators during WWII, with marches through downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital.
Those taking part in the procession, some dressed in old Latvian military outfits, were carrying the national flags of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as the Ukrainian neo-nazi Azov battalion.
The Latvian government officially opposes the event, but does not prohibit it on the grounds of free speech.
The Latvian Legion of the Waffen-SS consisted of almost 150,000 Latvians and was split into two divisions. The legion was created in 1943 on the orders of Adolf Hitler. On March 16, 1944, the legion was deployed against the Soviet Red Army near the town of Pskov. It was among the last of the Nazi forces to surrender in 1945.
The Waffen-SS march has been held annually on March 16 since 1998.