Hundreds of proud people attended the annual march in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second city that is also known as Kovno.
Lithuanian nationalists marched with banners celebrating a World War II Era NS leader and a symbol popular with members of the U.S. alt-right movement.
The main banner featured a picture of Kazys Skirpa modified to resemble Pepe the Frog, a cartoon figure that was used by patriotic groups in the United States since the '16 presidential elections.
The banner also included a quote attributed to the Pepe-like portrait of Skirpa, an envoy of the pro-NS movement in Lithuania to Berlin, that read “Lithuania will contribute to new and better European order.”
Skirpa, who has a street named for him in Kaunas, “elevated anti-Semitism to a political level” that “could have encouraged a portion of Lithuania’s residents to get involved in the Holocaust,” the jewish-funded “Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania” asserted in 2015. But Skirpa “proposed to solve ‘the Jewish problem’ not by genocide but by the method of expulsion from Lithuania,” the zionist center said.
Another placard seen at the march on Feb. 16, one of Lithuania’s two independence days, featured a list of 33 names of Jews who were involved in Soviet repression.
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“Information on Jews and Vanagaite,” the poster also read. In previous years, marchers also displayed National Socalist swastikas.