Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

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Call For International Protests

2018-03-06 23:16:07

Call for International Protests March 16, 2018   No honouring of the Latvian Waffen-SS!

Call for international protests:  

http://berlin.vvn-bda.de/2018/03/blumen-fuer-die-waffen-ss/

http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.co.uk/2018/

http://defendinghistory.com/category/riga-waffen-ss-marches

http://defendinghistory.com/category/lowenberg-monica

On 16 March 2018, in the Latvian capital of Riga, as in previous years since 1991, after a Lutheran church service, an honorary march and flag-lined rally will take place at the Freedom Monument in the heart of the city to honour Latvian units of the Waffen SS. Numerous members of these legionnaires were involved in the mass murder of Latvian Jews before they joined the Waffen SS. Approximately 160,000 Latvians worked for the German murderers during the Second World War. Latvia, like Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Bulgaria is one of the Eastern European states where locally staffed anti-Semitic units and death squads under different names who collaborated with the Nazis are celebrated today as national heroes. This is done with tacit consent of the state and varying degrees of tacit or open support from state authorities. For example, at the end of 2017 a law was passed in Latvia which stated that even if Latvian soldiers had collaborated with the Nazis they would still be recognised as being anti-Hitler. In addition, all former Latvian veterans who had fought in the Second World War- including Waffen SS members should be officially honoured.

The  “March of Honour” in Riga is an unprecedented provocation towards relatives of victims of the Latvian police and SS associations and the Jewish, Russian-speaking and other minorities in the country.  The march is not only in conflict with the fundamental values of the European Union, whose advantages the Latvian state accepts, but it is also a crass provocation against all the peoples of Europe that made huge sacrifices to bring down Hitler. Last but not least, it should be remembered that from the end of 1941, Jews from the German Reich were deported to the Riga ghetto where they were murdered in the surrounding forests with the help of Latvian collaborators who then later joined in 1943, only two years later, the 15th and 19th divisions of the Latvian Waffen SS.

For many years, Latvian and international anti-fascists have been repeatedly protesting against the march, amongst them Dr Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem. In Latvia, anti-fascist demonstrators are exposed to considerable reprisals (telephone monitoring, travel restrictions, administrative chicanery, police and state influence on hotels and event organisers and arbitrary police arrests in the run-up to protests. This also applies to supporters who come from Germany and other countries. In 2016, five members of the VVN-BdA were detained for several hours at Riga airport because they wanted to participate in the protests against the Waffen-SS march of honour. Afterwards, they were dumped into a prisoner van and deported to Lithuania. The following year, the Latvian police effectively prevented any form of protest. It is therefore all the more important to show solidarity with the Latvian antifascists in 2018. The VVN-BdA and the member federations of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) call for anti-fascists to participate in anti-fascist demonstrations on 16 March in front of Latvian embassies and consulates and in turn protest against the glorification of Nazi collaborators and mass murderers and freedom for Latvia's antifascists. The Berlin VVN-BdA calls for a vigil in front of the Latvian Embassy: Friday 16 March 2018, 14.00 - 16.00 clock in the Reinerzstr. 40/41, 14193 Berlin Grunewald         

We demand:  

An end to the glorification of Nazi collaborators and murderers!

 Recognition of Baltic participation in the Nazi genocide! 

An end to state repression of Latvian anti-fascists

And of the Federal government that they terminate forthwith the allocation of pensions to former Waffen SS members 

Berlin Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime - Association of Anti-Fascists e.V. [Berlin VVN-BdA e.V.] Magdalenstraße 19, 10365 Berlin   http://berlin.vvn-bda.de/


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Call for International Protests 16 March 2018

2018-02-05 11:15:32

Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Call for International Protests March 15 and March 16, 2017

2017-03-01 16:25:12



 On 16 March,  as in previous years since 1991, in the Latvian capital of Riga  and after a Lutheran church service, an honorary march and flag-lined rally will take place at the Freedom Monument to honour Latvian units of the Waffen-SS.


Latvia like Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Bulgaria is one of the Eastern European states where units of the Waffen-SS and other anti-Semitic death squads  who collaborated with the Nazis are celebrated today as national heroes. This is done with tacit consent of the state and partial support from authorities.

The  'March of Honour' in Riga is an unprecedented provocation towards relatives of victims of the Latvian police and SS associations and  the Jewish, Russian-speaking and other minorities in the country.  The march is not only  in conflict with the fundamental values ​​of the European Union, whose advantages the Latvian state likes to accept, but is also a provocation against the Russian Federation and thus a threat to peace in Europe.

In Latvia, anti-fascist demonstrators are exposed to considerable reprisals (telephone monitoring, travel restrictions, administrative chicanery, police, state influence on hotels and event organisers). This also applies to supporters who come from Germany and other countries.

It is therefore all the more important to show solidarity with the Latvian antifascists in 2017.  The VVN-BdA and the member federations of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) call for a trip to Riga to participate in the anti-fascist demonstration on 16 March.


At the same time the  protest organisers call  for protests against the glorification of Nazi collaborators and mass murderers and freedom for Latvia's anti-fascists to take place on 15 March outside Latvian embassies and consulates in the European cities of:

  •  Rome, Brussels, Budapest and Athens

The VVN-BdA  also calls for vigils in front of the Latvian Embassy and the Honorary consulates in:
 
  • Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf
 
We demand:
 
  •  An end to the glorification  of Nazi collaborators and murderers! 
  •  Recognition of Baltic participation in the Nazi genocide! 
  •  Freedom for "Latvia without Nazism"!
 
We call for protest messages to be presented to Latvian Embassy and Latvian consulates on the 15th of March!
 
 
(On how to get to Riga email: bundesbuero@vvn-bda.de or call 030-5557-9083-2)
 
 
 
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Association of the persecutors of the Naziregime -
Association of the Antifascists (VVN-BdA) e.V.
Federal association
Change city Deutsch Magdalenenstr. 19, 10365 Berlin, Germany
Tel .: +49 (0) 30-55579083-2, Fax: +49 (0) 30-55579083-9
 
 
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Keine Ehrung der lettischen Waffen-SS!

 

Aufruf zu internationalen Protestkundgebungen 

 

http://vvn-bda.de/keine-ehrung-der-lettischen-waffen-ss-internationale-protestkundgebungen/

 

 

Am 16. März wird es in der lettischen Hauptstadt Riga - wie jedes Jahr seit 1991 - zu einem Gottesdienst, einem Ehrenmarsch und einer fahnengesäumten Kundgebung am Freiheitsdenkmal zu Ehren der lettischen Einheiten der Waffen-SS kommen. 

 

Lettland gehört mit Estland, Litauen, der Ukraine und Bulgarien zu den osteuropäischen Staaten in denen Einheiten der Waffen-SS und andere mit den Nazis kollaborierende antisemitische Todesschwadronen als nationale Idole gefeiert werden. Dies geschieht mit staatlicher Duldung und teilweise offener Unterstützung durch Behörden. 

 

Der Rigaer „Ehrenmarsch“ ist eine unerhörte Provokation für die Angehörigen der Opfer der lettischen Polizei und SS-Verbände und für die jüdische, russischsprachige und andere Minderheiten im Land. Er steht nicht nur im Gegensatz zu den Grundwerten der Europäischen Union, deren sonstige Vorzüge der lettische Staat andererseits gerne entgegennimmt, sondern ist auch eine Provokation gegenüber der Russischen Föderation und damit eine Gefahr für den Frieden in Europa.

 

In Lettland werden antifaschistische Demonstrant*innen erheblichen Repressalien (Telefonüberwachung, Reisebeschränkungen, Behördenschikanen, Polizeiwillkür, staatliche Einflussnahme auf Hotels und Veranstaltungsunternehmen) ausgesetzt. Dies gilt auch für Unterstützer*innen, die aus Deutschland und anderen Ländern anreisen.

 

Umso wichtiger ist es, auch 2017 Solidarität mit den lettischen Antifaschist*innen  zu zeigen. Die VVN-BdA und die Mitgliedsverbände der Internationalen Föderation der Widerstandskämpfer (FIR) rufen dazu auf, nach Riga zu reisen und am 16. März an der antifaschistischen Kundgebung teilzunehmen.

 

Gleichzeitig rufen sie dazu auf am 15. März 

 

·         in Rom, Brüssel, Budapest und Athen

 

vor lettischen Botschaften und Konsulaten in Europa gegen die Verherrlichung von NS-Kollaborateuren und Massenmördern zu protestieren und Freiheit für Lettlands Antifaschist*innen zu fordern. 

 

Die VVN-BdA ruft auf zu Mahnwachen vor der lettischen Botschaft und den Honorarkonsulaten in 

 

·         Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Frankfurt und Düsseldorf.

 

Wir fordern:

·         Schluss mit der Ehrung von NS-Kollaborateuren und Mördern!

·         Anerkennen der baltischen Beteiligung am nazistischen Völkermord! 

·         Freiheit für „Lettland ohne Nazismus“!

·         Wir rufen für den 15. März auf zu Protestkundgebungen vor der lettischen Botschaft und lettischen Konsulaten!

 

 

(Informationen zur Anreise nach Riga über: bundesbuero@vvn-bda.de oder 030-5557-9083-2)


 

http://vvn-bda.de/keine-ehrung-der-lettischen-waffen-ss-internationale-protestkundgebungen/

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Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes –

Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten (VVN-BdA) e.V.

Bundesvereinigung

Magdalenenstr. 19, 10365 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30-55579083-2, Fax: +49 (0)30-55579083-9

E-Mail: bundesbuero@vvn-bda.de

www.vvn-bda.de

 


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Update on Legionnaires march 16 March , 2016 Riga , Latvia

2016-03-22 00:14:43

Ten Steps Back, One Step Forward- The Pantomime Has Started! 16 March 2016

'Sad day. In Riga where several hundred people turned out to honor the soldiers of the two Latvian SS divisions, who fought for a victory of Nazi Germany in WW I...I. Portrayed as freedom fighters who paved the way for Latvian independence (which the Nazis had no intention of giving them), they included participants in the mass murder of Latvian Jewry and many thousands of Jews deported to Latvia to be murdered' 

Dr Efraim Zuroff, Simon Wiesenthal Centre 

 

Radio Interview:

 

Listen  to Dr Efraim Zuroff  speaking on Monday  21 March on Salford City Radio 94.4FM  http://www.podcast.canstream.co.uk/scr/index.php?cat=mon19  

Listen from 25.00-30.30 mins

  

Articles:

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

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

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

 

Videos:

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

Shocking video,  SS men feeling sorry for themselves

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

Another shocking video, Graham Phillips asking Estonian politician Jaak Madison if he is not ashamed to be attending a fascist march

 

Photo reportages:

http://rus.delfi.lv/news/daily/story/den-pamyati-legionerov-v-rige-arhiv-tekstovoj-translyacii.d?id=47189879#!dgs=dgslv-74181:5307607

Photo reportage : index.php?view=category&catid=752&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=519

 

For a Full Media List

See:

http://defendinghistory.com/in-the-run-up-to-the-march-16th-2016-waffen-ss-fest-in-central-riga/80365

http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.co.uk/2016_03_01_archive.html

 

 

 


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Ban the Nazi March that will be taking place, once again, in Riga 16 March, 2016!

2016-03-02 16:42:51

Dear Supporters of this Petition and Visitors,

In fourteen days time the annual march of the legionnaires/ glorification march of the SS will undoubtedly take place, with clockwork precision,  on the 16th March, 2016 in Riga, Latvia; an EU, NATO, OSCE country. An obscene event which surpasses all reason. 

 

To date we have had a number of successes but also a number of failures, full details of which can be read here:

http://defendinghistory.com/a-chronology-of-latvias-pantomime-of-march-16th-horror-2012-2016/80025 and here:

http://stop16marchinriga.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/a-chronology-of-latvias-pantomime-of.html

May we encourage you to say once again 'NO' to this disgraceful event and encourage the Latvian government to continue banning members of parliament from attending it and  continue acknowledging that the men who joined the Latvian SS collaborated with the most genocidal system the world has ever known.  The SS were agents of death NOT freedom fighters and their legacy of suffering and woe should not be merged with myths to suit current geopolitics.

 

Thank you for your continued support!  

 

 


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

SS march in Riga, Latvia will still take place tomorrow

2015-03-15 15:01:18

Dear Supporters of this Petition,

Firstly, thank you for your continued support.  The Latvian government should be commended for banning, for the second year,  its ministers from attending the SS march scheduled tomorrow.   Unfortunately though despite numerous protesters from around the world going to Riga last year, and years before, to protest against what one can only say is a complete disgrace in a European, NATO, OSCE country,  the Latvian SS will  tomorrow, with undoubtedly military precision, march down the main street of a European capital of a country that currently holds the presidency of the rotating council of the European Union!  The  issues that the SS stood for, were not and are not,  European and humanitarian values, infact the complete reverse and yet they are honoured today in an EU country  in the 21st century! 

http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/baltic_news/?doc=14507

 

Thank you to those of you who will be protesting against this event and glorification of men who worked for the most genocidal regime the world has ever known. 

Further updates can be found on   blogspot.com/  and http://defendinghistory.com/

 

 

 


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Photo reportage of three Baltic Neo Nazi marches this year

2014-04-14 08:15:14

For latest news on the three Neo Nazi Baltic marches that took place this year:  Kaunas 16 February, Vilnius 11 February and Riga 16 March 2014 see photo reportage published 13.04.2014 on youtube.

 

The reportage is accompanied by an interview with Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Israel on Salford City Radio, 24 March 2014 and MEP Richard Howitt's speech condemning the SS march in Riga, read out on Salford City Radio, 17 March 2014.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MySjaQFO8Q0

 

Thank you for your continued support.


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Will Riga now European Capital for Culture really hold an SS march this year?

2014-02-05 10:05:53

As from 17 January 2014, this year, the Latvian capital of Riga was celebrated cultural capital of Europe.  Over the years it has been heralded the stag capital of the world and Europe's prettiest city but one thing the travel blogs won't say is that since 1998, each and every year, Riga also hosts on the 16 March the annual Waffen SS march where former Latvian SS veterans are honoured by church and state alike.  This year will be no different unless people say NO.  If you have not done so already please write to your MP and MEP to add their voice as well to this petition.   Thank you!

See:

http://defendinghistory.com/riga-capital-of-european-culture-waffen-ss-stags-and-silence/63468#more-63468 'Riga- Capital of European Culture: Waffen SS, Stags and Silence?' By Monica Lowenberg, first published, 4 February 2014, DefendingHistory.com

 

Nazi Heroes- Waffen SS hailed in Latvia,  16 March 2012, Over 103,000 views as of Jan 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ-DNbz3wmA

'If any government wants to endorse these kind of actions then there is cause for concern' Glyn Ford Labour MEP

 

Salford City Radio 94.4FM- Interview with Monica Lowenberg speaking about the annual SS march accompanied with images from the 2013 SS march.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTCjdF_TNzA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Thank you for voting and please continue to vote

2013-01-11 15:03:47

Thank you for voting!   This petition concerning the Latvian 16 March marches in Riga, Latvia will remain open until the glorification and heroisation of SS veterans and Nazi collaborators in Latvia stops and is condemned by all EU,NATO and OSCE countries and their elected officials.

If you have not done so already please also consider voting on the following
three petitions regarding Latvia's neighbour, Lithuania.  In view of the fact that in July 2013 the Lithuanian government will be
honoured with the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union,
the three petitions listed will also remain open until all issues have been addressed by the Lithuanian government, in hope before July 2013, todate none of them have :

 

Lithuania


1. Petition to ban this year's neo-nazi march in central Vilnius,


http://www.change.org/petitions/lithuanian-ambassador-to-the-united-states-ban-neo-nazis-from-desecrating-the-dignity-of-lithuania-s-independence-day

 

2. To remove monuments to Nazi war criminals throughout Lithuania

http://www.change.org/petitions/to-the-lithuanian-government-and-parliament-remove-all-memorials-to-nazi-collaborators-from-public-state-facilities


3. To mark progress across an array of issues the Lithuanian government could easily make progress on.

 


Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history!

Petition to Lithuanian Ambassador, London, Uk to abandon state sponsored anti-semitism and holocaust obfuscation

2012-12-03 02:46:31

Thank you so much for voting to stop the 16 March marches in Riga, Latvia and Latvians revising history.  With over 6,000 votes world wide and extensive press coverage, in Europe and outside, your voices have been heard and will contribute to eventual change.

In the meantime please consider voting on the following petition which requests that the Lithuanian government abandon state sponsored anti-semitism and Holocaust obfuscation.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/he-ambassador-asta-skaisgiryt%C4%97-liau%C5%A1kien%C4%97-lithuanian-ambassador-london-uk-abandon-state-sponsored-anti-semitism-and-holocaust-obfuscation

 

With thanks in advance for your support.


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