The Associated Press reports that Latvia’s Parliament has banned the public display of Soviet and Nazi symbols, as well as any promotion of fascist or communist ideologies. This includes visual displays of swastikas and the hammer and sickle and the singing of Soviet or Nazi anthems. It is expected to be signed into law by President Andris Berzins next month.
This new bill arose due, in part, to the annual pro-Soviet rallies organized by Latvia’s Russian-speaking community. Ethnic Latvians, aware of Latvia’s five decades of Soviet occupation, greatly disapprove of such rallies.