Riga, March 16, 2018 – a march honouring Waffen SS Latvian Legion veterans

General view of the march
General view of the march. Poster in red print says “Yes to a free Latvia!”
Leader of the co-ruling National Alliance party, Mr Raivis Dzintars, MP
Leader of the co-ruling National Alliance party, Mr Raivis Dzintars, MP (right)
Leader of the co-ruling National Alliance party, Mr Raivis Dzintars, MP
Mr Aleksandrs Kiršteins, MP (National Alliance)
One of participants of the march
Dr Guntis Kalme, a mainstream Lutheran priest, a professor of the Luther Academy (right)
Dr Guntis Kalme, a mainstream Lutheran priest, a professor of the Luther Academy
Mr Jānis Dombrava, MP (National Alliance), centre. Immediately to the right, behind of him – Mr Jānis Iesalnieks, who became a MP for the same party next year
Mr Jānis Dombrava, MP (National Alliance)
Co-operation of Waffen SS symphathizers from various countries
Protester – a three-times MEP Tatjana Ždanoka (Татьяна Жданок; Latvian Russian Union), from a family decimated by the Holocaust, with a sign in Latvian, reading “They fought on Adolf Hitler’s side”

Photos – Dmitry Zhilin, 2018.

Publisher’s note: the same year, the National Alliance tried to re-establish March the 16th as an official commemoration day. Its leader Raivis Dzintars said, “We shouldn’t be ashamed to honor Latvian freedom fighters”. Link: https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/politics/nationalist-party-wants-to-make-march-16-an-official-memorial-day.a270632/ The proposal was rejected, although some non-NA MPs supported it as well: Inguna Sudraba, Gunārs Kūtris, Artuss Kaimiņš, Ringolds Balodis, Ilmārs Latkovskis. Most of the coalition MPs have chosen not to vote against, but to abstain. Vote: https://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS12/SaeimaLIVS2_DK.nsf/0/5D2074764032A9AAC2258251007E5829?OpenDocument

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