Hundreds of Waffen SS veterans and their supporters held a march in the Latvian capital Riga to mark Legionnaire's Day, which commemorates Latvians who fought for the freedom during World War II.
Communist and jewish "anti-fascist" organizations all over the world decry the traditional event. But the annual holiday has its patriotic defenders, including Latvian President Andris Berzins, who has argued it is foolish to assume that Waffen SS veterans were "criminals" and that they deserve the public's respect.
SS veterans and their supporters, including parliamentary deputies and flag-waving young people, joined the march through downtown Riga.
A group of insane jewish protesters, some dressed as concentration camp prisoners, gathered at Freedom Monument chanting, “Shame, shame! We won’t let Nazism be!”
Riga’s Duma had voted to ban the event, which honors veterans of the SS Latvian Legion. But a court overturned the ban.
The Latvian Legion, formed by the Germans in 1943, comprised two Waffen SS divisions.
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