On March 16, Lithuanian patriots traditionally marched the streets of Riga, honouring the memory of Latvian legionnaires. On this very day, 73 years ago the soldiers of Latvian Volunteer Legion took the fight against the Soviet forces. Since 1994 the Legionnaries' March has become annual in Latvia.
Traditionally, the event was started with a service in the church of St. John, then the patriotic column moved to the Freedom Monument in the heart of Riga to lay flowers. The march was ended at the cemetery where the Latvian soldiers are buried.
"Latvian legionnaires went into the battle to fight Bolshevism. They were fighting against the red terror, in order to never repeat what Latvia had undergone in 1940-41," - said Inara Murniece, the Speaker of Latvian Parliament, in her speech on the occasion.
Ukrainians, who live in Riga had also participated the march in order to emphasize solidarity with the Latvian people.
Unfortunately, there have been insignificant incidents caused by a group of Russian rowdies who had shown once again their neglect to local traditions and history of other European nations, hiding their ignorance behind anti-fascist slogans. The "Russian world" fans were detained by police.