Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

 

Stop the 16th March marches in Riga, Latvia and Latvians revising history!

 

Since 1998 on the 16th of March and every year, in the very centre of Riga, Latvia, marches have been regularly held to praise the ‘heroism’ of the former Latvian Legion, i.e.Waffen SS veterans in their combat against the allies during the Second World War. Each year these events have received tacit (and sometimes very explicit and public) support from state authorities (in 2012 from the president himself) and have been attended by deputies of the Latvian Parliament, members of the Riga City Council and officials of the Ministry of Defence.  In March 2014, for the first time ever, the Latvian government commendably banned any minister from attending the march and sacked Einars Cilinskis for insisting on participating.   Nevertheless, in Riga, on March 16, 2015, a European capital, in the heart of NATO and Latvia; a country that at the time held the presidency of the rotating council of the European Union, two politicians and the minister for justice still attended the SS march ( despite the ban) and over 2,000 people including ultra nationalists from the UK.  In 2016, under the new government the ban was lifted. German protesters were prevented from boarding a Baltic Air flight and five arrested on landing in Riga airport under section 61.  See links below for full details http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/dont-stand-by-mr-lidington-source-hope.html  

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/German-anti-fascists-face-down-pro-Nazi-Latvian-demonstrators-in-Riga-448252  It is reported that 13 members of Latvia’s parliament attended the 2016 march, ,some of whom befriended a group of Ukranian Azov Battalion nazis wearing Nazi insignia and proudly carrying blue, yellow flags with swastikas to the Monument of Freedom. No ministers attended but, as in previous years, quietly slipped away from the foreign press to the Lestene cemetery where SS soldiers are buried. However, Kaspars Gerhards, of the National Alliance and Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, did arrange for his parliamentary secretary, Jānis Eglīts, to attend the march and accompany the notorious right-wing Estonian politician Jaak Madison there. Madison is a man who in 2015 defended, on his old blog spot, the economic aspects of the Nazi regime 

In previous years  March 16th,  2013 and 2012 more than 2,500 people, amongst them Latvian politicians, paid tribute to Latvians who fought on the side of Nazi Germany in Waffen SS detachments during World War II.  In 2011  the Latvian Prime Minister told local media that he did not think March 16th had ,“a special significance.”Legionnaires’ Day is used by radicals on both sides, “to confront each other” .  In 2012, the Latvian president,  President Berzins stated that it is ridiculous to see Latvian SS veterans as criminals, rather we should 'bow our heads to them'!   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108789/Youre-trying-justify-crimes-Nazis-Russias-fury-neighbour-Latvia-plans-hold-rally-commemorate-SS.html.  In the same year  those attending the march desecrated the wreath to the victims of Nazism.  In 2013 two politicians attending the march attacked protesters and a photo of Robert Ancans SS Obersturmfuehrer was honoured at the base of the monument of freedom.  In 2014 protesters from Berlin under Dr Hans Coppi VVN and Dr Efraim Zuroff from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Jerusalem protested at the march, under heavy security their voices were  virtually silenced.  In 2015 Dr Efraim Zuroff and Defendinghistory.com monitored the march and their protests were heard by the world's press ( see media list at

http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-baltic-season-splendid-opportunity.html )  However, Brussels remained stubbornly silent.

This petition  believes Latvia, the international community, the UK government, the European Union and NATO should condemn the Nazi event in clearer terms, as Waffen SS veterans are not seen as legitimate “heroes” in any EU member state which Latvia has been granted status since 2004.  (see Report on Latvia by the ECRI (European Commission Against Racism and
Intolerance  published 21 February 2012)

 

16 March 2011

16 March 2012

  • See http://foto.delfi.lv/picture/2687824/ photo of the following members of the LNNK party attending the 2012 SS march:
    Raivis Dzintars (VL-TB/LNNK), Jānis Dombrava(VL-TB/LNNK), Inara
    Mūrniece(VL-TB/LNNK), , Kārlis Kresliņš(VL-TB/LNNK),Dzintars
    Rasnačs(VL-TB/LNNK) , Inese Laizāne(VL-TB/LNNK) , Vineta Poriņa(VL-TB/LNNK),
    Dzintars Kudums (VL-TB/LNNK) and Ilmārs Latkovskis(VL-TB/LNNK) and from Riga
    city council Jānis Atis Krūmiņš.   Archbishop Jānis Vanags officiated the proceedings
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ-DNbz3wmA

 

16 March 2013

  • See Salford City Radio 94.4FM, Interview in 2013 with Monica Lowenberg speaking about her trip to Latvia and the annual SS march. Interview accompanied with a photo reportage of the 2013 March 16 SS march.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTCjdF_TNzA

 

16 March 2014

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MySjaQFO8Q0 for photo reportage of march

accompanied by an interview with Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Israel and  MEP Richard

Howitt's  speech condemning the march read out on Salford City Radio 94.4FM  17 and 24 March 2014.

http://www.richardhowittmep.com/index.php/all-news/418-16-03-2014-conservatives-condemned-over-16-march-nazi-veterans

 

16 March 2015


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCUfORLodOY  the marchers were not allowed to march to a drum with a swastika on it or place photos of SS obersturmfuehrers onto the Freedom Monument .  A step in the right direction...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvp4pPiDu-o  anti- fascists clean the square after the SS and their fans

photo reportage and video of the march

http://www.delfi.lv/news/national/politics/antifasisti-nodezinfice-brivibas-pieminekla-apkartni-legionaru-pieminas-pasakumi-beidzas-mierigi.d?id=45694098

One man's journey to the heartland of fascism by Efraim Zuroff published I24 news 29 March 2015

 

16 March 2016

Report/ article with links regarding the march in 2016 first published in Hope Not Hate by Monica Lowenberg

http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/dont-stand-by-mr-lidington-source-hope.html

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/world/article/2766/don%E2%80%99t-stand-by-mr-lidington

 

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Holocaust historian, Nazi-hunter, author, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office.
Talking to Salford City Radio, 94.4 FM regarding protesting against the Waffen SS march in Riga, Latvia, 16 March 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN62PfzA5js 

 

 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Latvia-must-come-to-terms-with-its-past-448705 

 by  Dr Efraim Zuroff

A shocking video showing Latvian SS apologists and former  Latvian SS  feeling sorry for themselves 

http://globalnews.ca/news/2581869/latvians-honour-wwii-nazi-allies-in-legionnaires-day-memorials/ - 

 

Another shocking video where  British journalist Graham Phillips asks Estonian politician Jaak Madison if he is not ashamed to be attending a fascist march and is then subsequently arrested and dumped into a policevan to the amusement of the crowd

http://rus.delfi.lv/news/daily/latvia/zaderzhannogo-za-provokacii-blogera-zhurnalista-fillipsa-otpustili.d?id=47191569

 

Interview in German with Markus Tervooren the executive secretary of Berliner VVN-BdA, one of the five German protesters arrested at Riga airport

https://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/SS-Marsch-in-Lettland-Antifaschisten-abgeschoben,riga154.html

 

 

NOTE  In May 2004 Latvia simultaneously joined NATO and the European Union.

See

http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/topic,4565c2253b,4565c25f467,4da56db3c,0,,,LVA.html

AND

  • Already in a press release 16.03.1999 the Simon Wiesenthal centre in Jerusalem condemned the march of the legionaries and
    stated, ‘although these units were not involved in crimes against humanity, many of their soldiers had previously served in the Latvian security police and had actively participated in the mass murder of civilians, primarily Jews...The stubborn insistence of Latvia’s SS Legion veterans to conduct a public march to glorify their role as combatants on behalf of the Third Reich is a clear indication that many Latvians have still not internalised the lessons of WWII... not one of the numerous Latvian killers who collaborated with the Nazis has been brought to justice since Latvia obtained its independence, far too many Latvians feel free to identify with those who fought alongside the perpetrators of the Holocaust rather than with its victims’.


For full details concerning this matter go to  http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.com

 

A Selection of YouTube Clips from 2012 march

 

1.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-6UVNI2Or4

http://www.rubinfeld.be/newsletters/20120326.html

‘I am a European like you’ , says Joel Rubinfeld…’The  days of the Third Reich are over!’

 

2.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCA5GdPrHSY

The laying of the wreath for the victims of Nazism by:

·Efraim Zuroff,  Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (Israel),

·Hermann Dvorzak, Leader of the European Social Forum (Austria),

·Monica Lowenberg, British academic and initiator of the petition 'Stop the 16 March
marches and Latvians revising history' (UK),

· Joel Rubinfeld, President of the European Jewish Parliament (Belgium),

·Joseph Koren, President of the association "Latvia without Nazism"(Latvia)

·Helmut Scholz, EP deputy (Germany),

·Tatjana Ždanoka (Tatyana Zhdanok), EP deputy (Latvia)

 

3.   http://www.mixnews.lv/ru/exclusive/news/2012-03-16/91454

Two Latvian young men and two Latvian young girls desecrate the wreath to the victims of
Nazism (17 mins of footage)

 

4.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6JnHuXNqdw

Joseph Koren, President of the association "Latvia without Nazism" (Latvia) and Dr
Tatjana Ždanoka (Tatyana Zhdanok), EP deputy (Latvia) try to restore the wreath
to the victims of Nazism and remove the Latvian SS plaque that was placed in
front.

 

Остановить марш ветеранов
Ваффен-СС и их сторонников 16 марта и пересмотр истории второй мировой войны в
Латвии !



С 1998 года ветераны Латышских
дивизий Ваффен-СС  каждый год, 16 марта,
маршируют в столице Латвии -  в Риге,
чтобы помянуть своих павших товарищей как героев войны. Количество участников
этих маршей с каждым годом увеличивается с тревожным постоянством и в них
участвуют представители Латвийских властей.

16 марта 2011 года в Риге,
столице государства-члена НАТО, более 2500 человек, и в том числе латвийские
политики, воздали честь латышам, боровшимся на стороне нацистской Германии в
подразделениях Ваффен-СС во время второй мировой войны.  Премьер министр Латвии сказал представителям
местных средств массовой информации, что он не думает , что 16 марта имеет
какое либо «особое значение». «День легионеров используется радикалами с обеих
сторон, для конфронтации друг с другом». 
Однако авторы этой петиции уверены, что Латвия, международное
сообщество, правительство Объединенного Королевства, Европейский Союз и НАТО
должны резко осудить это, говоря ясным языком, про-нацистское мероприятие, так
как ветераны Ваффен-СС не рассматриваются как законные «герои» ни в одной
стране Европейского Союза, куда Латвия вступила в 2004 году.

Den Nazi-Marsch in Lettland verurteilen

 
Seit 1998 marschieren die ehemaligen Mitglieder der lettischen SS jedes Jahr am 16. März durch die lettische Hauptstadt Riga, um an ihre gefallenen Kameraden zu erinnern und sie als Helden zu ehren. Die Anzahl der Teilnehmer dieser Aufmärsche erhöht sich mit alarmierender Stetigkeit von Jahr zu Jahr, auch nehmen die Mitglieder der lettischen Regierung daran teil.
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Am 16. März 2011 haben im Herzen der NATO, in Riga, mehr als 2,500 Leute, lettische Politiker unter ihnen, diejenigen Letten angedacht, die auf der Seite des Nazi-Deutschlands in Truppen der Waffen-SS während des Zweiten Weltkrieges gekämpft haben. Der lettische Premierminister sagte den örtlichen Massenmedien, dass er nicht denkt, dass der 16. März eine "besondere Bedeutung" hätte. "Tag des Legionärs wird von Radikalen beider Seiten benutzt, um gegeneinander Konfrontation zu betreiben".

Doch die Ausrufer der Petition sind der Meinung, dass Lettland, die internationale Gemeinschaft, die EU und die NATO diese Naziveranstaltung scharf verurteilen sollten, denn Veteranen der Waffen-SS werden in keinem Land der EU, wo Lettland seit 2004 Mitglied ist, als "Helden" verehrt.

Auf dem Photo sieht man die Mitglieder des Lettischen Parlaments Dzintars Rasnacs (dritter links), Raivis Dzintars (Mitte) und andere Teilnehmer während der Parade zum Monument der Freiheit in Riga, am 16. März 2011, um an diejenigen zu erinnern, die in zwei deutschen Waffen-SS Divisionen im zweiten Weltkrieg gekämpft haben.

Schon am 16.03.1999 hat in einer Pressemitteilung der Simon Wiesenthal Zentrum in Jerusalem den Legionärsmarsch verurteilt und folgendes verlauten lassen: "obwohl diese Einheiten nicht in Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit verwickelt waren, haben viele der Soldaten in der lettischen Geheimpolizei gedient und haben aktiv am Massenmord an Zivilisten, hauptsächlich Juden teilgenommen… Der sture Wille der lettischen Veteranen der SS-Legion einen öffentlichen Marsch durchzuführen, um ihre Rolle als Kämpfer für den Dritten Reich zu glorifizieren, ist ein klarer Hinweis, dass viele Letten bis jetzt die Lehren aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg nicht gezogen haben… Nicht ein einziger der vielen lettischen Mörder, die mit den Nazis zusammengearbeitet haben, wurde zur Verantwortung gezogen, seit Lettland unabhängig wurde, viel zu viele Letten identifizieren sich mit denen, die mit den Urhebern des Holokausts an einer Seite kämpften, als mit den Opfern."

Für mehr Informationen besuchen Sie stop16marchinriga.blogspot.com

 

 


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