Nearly EUR 200,000 collected for demolition of Soviet memorial

Since Wednesday, May 11, evening until Friday, May 13, morning, EUR 196,282 has already been raised for the demolition and removal of debris of the 'Victory' monument in Uzvaras park, Pārdaugava.

Over 13,000 people have donated to the cause on Ziedot.lv.

The initiator of the campaign is the 'May 4 Declaration Club' which unites former members of the Supreme Council voting for the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1990. 

Latvia is a country that respects freedom and democracy, so there is no place for symbols that reflect repression, death, and occupation, says the club's president, Velta Čebotarenoka.

"It doesn't give people anything for pleasure, reflection or satisfaction. It gives at least the Latvian people completely different feelings – pain, despair, hatred, disrespect for the nation, and helplessness – that it is still there [..] Many say we need a referendum. This will also be a referendum in which people with their money and with their names will vote in favor of strengthening Latvia's state."

On Thursday and on Friday morning, the donation portal has also repeatedly encountered malfunctions. “Ziedot.lv” spokeswoman Ilze Ošāne told Latvian Television that they were due to both large numbers of visitors and individual cyber-attacks. Representatives of the portal have also received telephone threats, they said. In spite of this, all interference has been rectified, and the collection of donations continues.

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