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Victory Day flowers stir conflict between authorities and residents in Latvia

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Russian ambassador to Latvia Mikhail Vanin lays flowers at the memorial to Soviet Soldiers, in Riga, Latvia.

Riga residents ignored official warnings and kept bringing flowers to a Soviet war memorial

Police in Latvia have blocked access to the Liberators of Riga monument as Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins expressed his frustration at city residents twice creating a carpet of flowers, despite authorities’ attempts to prevent and remove it.

Latvian police announced on Wednesday that “in order to prevent endangering public safety” and to avoid “possible provocations” they had decided to close public access to Victory Park where the monument is located. It was explained, that following “the events of May 9 and especially May 10,” when a crowd gathered near the monument. In the opinion of the Latvian authorities, the site “is most directly related to the continuation of Latvia’s occupation after the Second World War and

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