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Latvia’s Waffen-SS Veterans March Alongside Far-Right Lawmakers (VIDEO)

Latvian veterans of Waffen-SS units and their supporters have celebrated Legion Day, an unofficial holiday honoring Nazi collaborators during WWII, with marches through downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital.

This year the march attracted hundreds of participants, as seen in the live footage by Ruptly video agency.

Those taking part in the procession, some dressed in old Latvian military outfits, were carrying the national flags of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

The Latvian government officially opposes the event, but does not prohibit it on the grounds of free speech.

Latvia’s anti-fascist activists staged a small protest, as they do every year when Latvian Waffen-SS veterans march in the capital Riga.

Latvians who served in Waffen-SS not only fought against the Soviet Army, but also were a part of the atrocities committed against European Jews.


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