Latvian SS ceremony sparks friction
on 16/03/2013 14:55:27
Latvians laid flowers at the Freedom Monument in Riga, the nation's capital, while a small group of mainly Russians protested behind barricades about 50 feet away.
A large police presence kept the two sides apart.
At one point an additional unit of police in riot gear was called on to prevent a scuffle where protesters had hung photographs of the Holocaust on a mock death camp fence.
Police detained several people at the procession.
Many Latvians consider March 16, or Legionnaires Day, as an opportunity to commemorate war veterans, while Russians see it as glorifying fascism.