Dear comrades and friends,
we call all member federations of
FIR to support our protest against the SS honoring in Latvia on March
16, 2017. See attached the political declaration on this subject.
We would be very pleased if your federation is able to support this
protest by sending letters and other declaration to all embassies
or consulates of Latvia on this subject. If you did, please send us
copiesof your statements.
VVN-BdA, FIR and member federations prepare an international protest
day on March 15, 2017. If you want to join this protest with activities
in your country, please let us know.
Dr. Ulrich Schneider
General Secretary of FIR
No honor for the
Latvian Waffen-SS! Call for international protests
25. Februar 2017
On 16 March, as every year since 1991, in Riga, the Latvian capital,
there will be a worship, an honorary march and a flag-lined rally
at the Freedom Monument in honor of the Latvian units of the Waffen-SS.
With Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and
Bulgaria, Latvia is one of the Eastern European states where units
of the Waffen-SS and other anti-Semitic death squads collaborating
with the Nazis are celebrated as national idols. This is done with
state toleration and partial open support from authorities.
The Riga Ehrenmarsch is
an unprecedented provocation for the members of the victims of the
Latvian police and SS units and for the Jewish, Russian-speaking and
other minorities in the country. It stands not only in contrast to
the fundamental values of the European Union, whose other advantages
the Latvian state likes to accept, but is also a provocation against
the Russian Federation and thus a threat to peace in Europe.
In Latvia, anti-fascist demonstrators
are exposed to considerable reprisals (telephone monitoring, travel
restrictions, administrative chicanery, police, state influence on
hotels and event organizers). This also applies to supporters who
come from Germany and other countries.
It is therefore more important in 2017
as well to show solidarity with the Latvian antifascists. The International
Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) and its member federations
call for a trip to Riga and to participate in the anti-fascist demonstration
on 16 March.
the same time they call on March 15, 2017, in Rome, Brussels, Budapest,
Athens as well as in several German towns to protest in front
of Latvian embassies and consulates in Europe against the glorification
of Nazi collaborators and mass murderers and to demand freedom for
Conclude the tribute of Nazi
collaborators and murderers!
Recognize the Baltic participation
in Nazi genocide!
Freedom for Latvia without
We call all antifascists
to send protest messages to Latvian embassies and Latvian consulates!