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Old March 16th, 2010 #9
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Hundreds in Latvia commemorate Waffen SS units


2010-03-16 08:00 PM

About 1,000 people have honored Latvians who were killed fighting on the side of Nazi Germany during World War II.

Hundreds of police kept dozens of angry ethnic Russian protesters at bay during the annual march commemorating Latvia's Waffen SS divisions.

Participants laid flowers and sang patriotic songs at the Freedom Monument in downtown Riga, while protesters waved banners with gruesome pictures of the Holocaust and shouted insults.

Latvians who take part in the annual procession claim they want to commemorate compatriots killed in the war, while ethnic Russian protesters accuse them of whitewashing history and having Nazi sympathies. Police said there was no violence at Tuesday's procession.