Jelgava district to dismantle three Soviet monuments

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An emergency meeting of the Jelgava district council on May 3 has taken a decision to dismantle three commemorative stones of the Soviet occupation regime in the administrative territory of Jelgava district, which is separate to the Jelgava city municipality.

"We have identified memorial stones in Jelgava district - all three are on private lands and have no cultural heritage status. Two of the owners have already given their agreement to the dismantling of the stones, and we are still in contact with the third owner. We plan to carry out the dismantling in cooperation with the National Guard specialists," said Madars Lasmanis, Chairman of Jelgava district council.

The council considers that dismantling the monuments of Soviet occupation will not only tidy the area but also honor the history of Latvia and the sovereignty of the state.

As reported, a decision on the dismantling of such monuments has already been taken in Ogre municipality. Similarly, the issue of Rīga's so-called 'Victory' monument has been raised.

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