Saeima adopts amendments on ban of totalitarian symbols

On June 4, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Law on the Security of Public Entertainment and Celebration, related to the ban on the use of symbolic accessories used by the former USSR and Nazi German Armed Forces and Organs of Law and Order in public events, said Saeima Press service on June 4.

The Saeima decided to exclude the local government, in the administrative territory of which it is intended to organize a public event, the delegation provided for in the past to determine the exceptions when the uniforms and symbols specified in the Law are permitted to be used. It is clarified that the exception will apply where the use of these symbols is not aimed at glorification of totalitarian regimes or justifying criminal offences committed, or used for educational, scientific or artistic purposes.

MEPs also backed the proposal that visitors and members of a public event be obliged to comply with the statutory restrictions. 

In April, the Saeima supported the ban on the use of belonging-identifiable clothing used by the former USSR, armed forces of Nazi Germany and repressive authorities, including flags, arms, anthems, Nazi swastika, the SS sign, sickle and hammer along with the five-pointed star.

 

 

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