Latvia’s PM dissuades local councils from celebrating Victory Day

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma has appealed to representatives of local authorities offering them not to participate in the festive events on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War.

“On May 8th we celebrate the end of the Second World War; May, 9th is associated with occupation,” news agency BNS quotes the Prime Minister as saying.

Victory Day or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union). It was first inaugurated in the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May, by Moscow Time). Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, was celebrated on 8 May.

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