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Estonian Authorities Start Removal of Major Soviet Monument

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Excavations at a common gravesite near the monument to Soviet soldiers in Tallinn apparently started early on Thursday, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

The area surrounding the monument has been cordoned off by police, who have blocked access to both vehicles and people.

Activists of the non-governmental organization Night Vigil who tried to defend the monument were removed from the scene by a special police task force, and one woman suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital, Night Vigil told Interfax.

Night Vigil leader Dmitri Linter said policemen attacked three activists who were monitoring the developments around the monument from a car parked nearby.

"They broke a window, flattened the tires, and beat the people right in the car. They injured our activist Larisa Neshchadimova on the head and broke her glasses. All three people are at a police department now. They were shocked by such arbitrariness," Linter said.

The people offered no resistance, Linter said. "They had been clearly instructed not to put up any resistance and leave the territory if police demanded so. I don't know why such cruelty should be used against innocent people," he said.

"We are a non-governmental organization and act within the law. But what the police and the Estonian authorities are doing today is beyond the legal framework," Linter said. He qualified the beating of Night Vigil activists as unlawful and groundless.

"Our actions will be the following. We will convene the board of antifascist organizations and discuss these issues today. I think we will have a clear understanding of the situation by noon. We definitely did not expect the authorities to come down to such, I dare say, cretinism and that they would brutally beat people who have not violated the law," Linter said on Vesti-24 television channel.

Witnesses said that about ten police vans carrying some 200 police arrived on the site at about 4:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. GMT). Police put two cordons around the area, one of them around the monument itself.

Workers put a covering on the metal fence around the monument to conceal what is happening behind it, the Interfax correspondent said. Flowers and burning candles near the monument have been removed as well.

Groups of people are gathering not far from the monument. Night Vigil activist Dimitri Klensky described the developments as "state terrorism and the revival of Nazism."

"Most Estonian residents are against the dismantlement of the monument, and these actions do not meet the people's interests," he said.

In the morning police let people walk in the park surrounding the monument, but the area was still blocked to traffic. An Estonian government spokesman said traffic through the square would be opened by midday. -Source: http://www.mosnews.com

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Submitted by christian on
Nation with self respect will not attempt to change the past which is not possible. The only people who can judge are no more alive. Since thete are no more witnesses, you can use your intellect, get some info, imaginaqtion and persuede others and yourself that we,for example, came from aliens. Estonia doesn't like this part of the history? Still there is no reason to perform a satanic ritual: disturbing the soul of the dead. No human being has the right approaching a grave and saying: " you are not allowed to be here, i have to put your bones somewhere else!" This act just demonstrates growing demonic mentality.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I strongly dislike to say it, but everything what happened recently in Estonia is a stark example of interference into internal affairs of Estonia by the big bully Russia. That country really doesn't seem to be willing to learn from the past. Historic truth is more than what Russia can and is willing to handle, and the most important thing seems to make people live in the past believing they fought for the right cause, while the uncomfortable truth is being swept under the carpet. Shame on Russia! Don't do business with her!

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