It would not be wise for those involved in the demolition of the Soviet monument to go east for a while / Diena

Asked about the situation when Russia could cause inconvenience to those involved in the process of demolishing the monument, including already initiating a criminal case, Lange stated that everyone involved in the process of demolishing the monument should understand that it would not be wise to go east for a while. Accordingly, no one plans to go to Russia or Belarus.

Lange did not say whether those involved were provided with any additional protection, only adding that those involved are in close contact with state security agencies.

The executive director of the municipality said that the builder is currently continuing to work on the dismantling of technical rooms or basements, which will take at least a week. Work will also be carried out on the pool, which is covered with mud about a meter thick, and the dismantling of the monument stele that has fallen into the pool.

Now it is technically possible to have more construction equipment and people on the construction site, explained Lange.

According to the safety protocol, pedestrian movement will be facilitated starting today, allowing pedestrian movement along Bāriņu Street and Uzvaras Boulevard, thereby reducing the security corridor, which does not mean that the police will not monitor what is happening. Parking and stopping of cars in this place will not be allowed yet.

Lange revealed that a new order has been issued to provide State Police patrols in the area of ​​the object until the dismantling works are completed.

Explaining the costs of dismantling, Lange pointed out that builders are paid not for time, but for the amount of work done. “If the builder is able to work efficiently, it just shows that he is competitive with his speed and the amount of work, which is a plus for the company,” said Lange, adding that the municipality will pay as much as is stipulated in the contract.

The contract was concluded with the condition that the dismantling works of the above-ground part must be completed by November 15, while everything must be improved by June 30. As soon as these works are completed, the municipality will start working on the next solutions, introducing temporary solutions for the use of the territory, for example, introducing places for sports.

Riga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis (PP) has given the task to work on solutions for what should be in the park after June 30 of next year. Most likely, a discussion with the community could take place to find the best solutions for the use of the territory.

LETA already reported that on Thursday, the central element of the monument – the obelisk – was toppled in Victory Park, but before that, sculptures of human figures were removed.

For several years, thousands of people gathered at the monument on May 9 – in the former territories of the Soviet Union, after separate initiatives, celebrations were organized for the victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Even in Latvia, part of the society still practices the tradition of celebrating the so-called Victory Day, however, this date has long been identified in Eastern Europe with the occupation and annexation of the Baltic states as part of the USSR.

The question of whether there is a place in Latvia for the monument dedicated to the Soviet army in Victory Park became particularly relevant with the start of the war against Ukraine by Russia. Discussions on these issues have ended, with the Saeima adopting a law that stipulates that all monuments dedicated to the Soviet regime that are not related to graves must be removed in Latvia by autumn.

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