Over 1,000 People Took Part In Waffen-SS Veterans March In Latvian Capital On Saturday
Umer Jamshaid 4 days ago Sat 16th March 2019 | 05:37 PM
Over 1,000 people took part in the march of Waffen-SS legionnaires and their supporters in the Latvian capital of Riga on Saturday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.<
RIGA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th March, 2019) Over 1,000 people took part in the march of Waffen-SS legionnaires and their supporters in the Latvian capital of Riga on Saturday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
While just several hundreds of people usually take part in these marches, which trigger global outrage, this year the event gathered over 1,000 participants, according to the estimates of the local police.
Protesters, holding national flags of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, marched from St. John's Church to the Freedom Square, via the Kalku street. Upon reaching the square, they laid flowers at the Freedom Monument.
Security measures have been increased in Riga on Saturday. Border control has been intensified, as the Latvian State Border Guard seeks to prevent entrance of foreign radicals who could take part in rallies.
The Waffen-SS was founded as an armed wing of the Nazi party. It fought alongside the German regular army in World War Two and provided guards for concentration camps in Germany and abroad. It was ruled a criminal organization at post-war Nuremberg trials.