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Government calls on everyone not to attend the March 16 events at the Freedom Monument

State Chancellery
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On Tuesday, March 11, the Cabinet of Ministers at its sitting heard the information provided by the Latvian security authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the risks associated with the activities of 16 March, as well as the situation in Ukraine, and calls on everyone not to participate in any events of March 16 at the Freedom Monument.

At the Cabinet sitting, the ministers emphasized that since the restoration of the independence of Latvia, the government has consistently complied with the fact that the state of Latvia honours its fallen soldiers on Lāčplēsis Day on November 11 – the Heroes' Remembrance Day. March 16 is not an official national remembrance day. The senior officials of the state and members of the government do not attend these events at the Freedom Monument.

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma stressed, "Latvia has consistently condemned the crimes against humanity committed by both totalitarian regimes, condemns Holocaust and honours the memory of the victims of totalitarian regimes".

At the sitting the information surfaced that over recent years some radical groups have attempted to interfere with the private remembrance events of March 16 in order to draw attention to themselves and their objectives. Unfortunately, libellous information on the Latvian government is being deliberately spread also in the public space by attributing to the government and the Latvian people the sympathy with Nazism.

It is well known that during and after World War II, Latvia experienced occupation by two totalitarian regimes - the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. By using inhuman repressions and constant terror both the occupying Nazi German power and the Soviet power, contrary to international law, illegally mobilized or forced many Latvian citizens to join the armed forces of one or another state. The fates of the Latvian people were inhumanly spoiled.

Supplementary information:
Andis Blinds
Advisor to the Prime Minister for Public Relations Affairs
Phone: +371 27826550
Information prepared by:
Sabīne Spurķe
Senior Expert of the Communication Department
Phone: +371 20604166

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