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Berzins: the 16th of March is being used to humiliate Latvia

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Society needs to be given an opportunity to actuate themselves with historical events in a chronological order and analyze them themselves to understand the nature of the 16th of March. Currently, the 16th or March is being used as means to humiliate Latvia, although, one should bow his head in respect of the truth, the President of Latvia Andris Berzins believes.

Andris Berzins

«This year marks 50 years since this day of Remembrance was founded. Of the approximate 50 000 those who survived the war, less than 500 are still alive, and those people – are the ones who fought, went off to defend the State of Latvia. The average age of these people is over 90 years – what kind of threat do they pose? Claiming these people to be criminals is beyond the borders of reason. That is more absurd than the referendum», – the State president stressed during his interview to the 900 seconds broadcast of the LNT television channel.

People who wish to make money on this issue become more and more active. Many people from other countries expressed their wish to come to Latvia on this day. But I am certain that proper order will be guaranteed and security services fully understand the situation and will operate accordingly, Berzins says.

«Why condemn something for which so many lives were lost – there is no point. With all our wide understanding of moral and conscious responsibility, only he, against whom certain and concrete allegations can be versed, can be called guilty. It is internationally proven that Latvian legionnaires are not war criminals, and if someone contemplates about that – then it is illogical. This event was formed in London, 1952 by the Daugava hawks movement to support veterans of war», Berzins says.

The President admitted that he spent a whole evening reading «Militant memory» («Karojošā piemiņa») by Nils Muiznieks and Vita Zelches editing, to freshen up his memory of the historical events, and invited everyone who wish to understand the events linked to the 16th of March, to read it as well.

When asked on how he believes, Latvian –Russian relationships will develop after the presidential elections on the 4th of March, Berzins expressed the opinion that relationships will not change significantly but they should be improved. «We should not be taken lightly as well, there is no reason for us to be so scared. I do not understand why we are so scared, if we continue to act in such a way, we will not go very far», – Berzins is convinced.

On the other hand when commenting on the claims of the Prime-minister of Russia and State President candidate Vladimir Putin about the violations of human rights taking place during the recent referendum in Latvia, Berzins stressed that nothing new was said. «In Putin’s speech that there are 300 000 people who wished to participate in the referendum, but could not, because they are not citizens, was wrong. This figure is not so big; furthermore a part of them does not even want to receive citizenship. I would like to see them find another country with such condensation towards national minorities – Latvian education can be achieved in eight different languages, while preserving and cultivating their own culture. Putin’s actions are traditional for politicians before the elections».


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