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Latvia bans Soviet and Nazi uniforms in protests and meetings

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The Latvian Saeima has passed in the final reading law amendments that would ban the wearing of the uniforms and elements of the armed forces and repressive institutions’ uniforms of the Soviet Union, its republics and the Nazi Germany.

According to the Saeima Press Service, the final reading’s decision to amend the Law on Meetings, Marches and Protests was adopted on Thursday, June 20, and would enter into force on January 1, 2020.

«People have to understand that wearing Nazi or Soviet uniforms and symbols in public events is not acceptable in our country,»

emphasised MP Artuss Kaimiņš (KPV LV), the chairman of the Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee, which was responsible for advancing the bill in the parliament.

The changes set forth a ban on using in the aforementioned events also the stylised variants of the symbols, clothing and pieces of clothing of the armed forces or repressive institutions of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), its republics and Nazi Germany. This will also apply to the flags, coats of arms and hymns of the USSR, its republics and Nazi Germany.

Fines for violations

If the provisions of the Latvian Law on Meetings, Marches and Protests will be violated, the responsible private individuals would be issued a warning or be fined with up to 70 units of fine money, while legal entities would be punished with a fine of 580 units of fine money.


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  1. Justs says:

    Gotta get your laws in line with the E.U., so no free speech or freedom in general.

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