On the morning of Wednesday, November 9 at around 5:00, the demolition of the Soviet monument in Rēzekne, which is known as the Alyosha, was launched, Latvian Television reported.
Work began at the base of the monument, which takes the form of a statue of a Red Army soldier with a submachine gun and is often colloquially referred to as 'Alyosha'. A fence surrounds the monument and the police are on duty.
For about a month, people in small groups have been going to the monument and leaving flowers and candles.
As reported earlier, Rēzekne mayor Aleksandrs Bartaševičs (Harmony) spoke out about the matter on Tuesday, calling the demolition of Communist monuments "barbarism" and "blasphemy".
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