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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvians Mark Takeover

RIGA, Latvia -- A solemn procession of about 500 mostly gray-haired Latvians walked through downtown Riga on Saturday, the 60th aniversary of the day their country was invaded by the Soviet Union, to pay tribute to those who suffered under the reign of Stalin.

"Soviet occupation brought deportations, wars and repression. We lost onefthird of our country. It's important for the world to recognize how many people suffered from these crimes,'' said lawmaker Juris Dobelis.

The ceremony concluded with a flowerflaying ceremony at the Freedom Monument, a towering obelisk that commemorates Latvian independence.