RIGA (Sputnik) — Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma has called on the country's citizens to refrain from using banned Soviet symbols during the Victory in Europe Day celebrations on May 9.
In 2013, the Latvian parliament prohibited the display of Soviet and Nazi symbols at public events as being symbols of oppression.
"I would like to urge everyone to be tolerant and sympathetic. To understand that you cannot use Soviet or other symbols, which can lead to provocations. I hope and believe that our people will be peaceful and will let others express themselves as they please," Straujuma told Latvian television.
A number of organizations and individuals have asked the Riga City Council to issue permission to stage events in the Latvian capital marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.