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.
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Some 500 people participated in the 72nd anniversary of the of the Battle of Tannenberg Line, in memory of the Estonian World War II veterans who fought for Nazi Germany’s 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.
The ceremony included speeches from the veterans and a prayer from local Lutheran priest, after which the veterans and public laid wreaths beside the memorial.
Members of Estonian nationalist groups were present, as were guests from Germany. The event was carried out unopposed.
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.