Tons of took to the streets of Frankfurt, Madrid and Rome and elsewhere to honor Soviet troopers who liberated Europe from Nazis
Tons of of Russians residing overseas and lots of locals, too, have taken half in conventional ‘Immortal Regiment’ parades in a number of European cities on the eve of Victory Day. Contributors carrying pictures of their family who fought in WWII expressed gratitude to the Soviet military for liberating the continent from Nazis.
On Sunday, a commemorative march was held in Frankfurt, Germany, drawing a number of hundred. They walked by way of the streets, carrying Soviet and Russian flags together with portraits of their family. One of many contributors informed Ruptly video company that he had joined the march as a result of “we should not overlook the sacrifice [Soviet soldiers] made.” The person added that he felt that “it’s our obligation to cross this on to the brand new generations.”
Additionally on Sunday, the same occasion was organized within the Spanish capital Madrid, the place the procession was at one level confronted by individuals waving Ukrainian flags, as reported by Ruptly. Police shortly moved in to separate the 2 teams, stopping any potential altercations.
“It’s a tribute to the Soviet individuals, to the Crimson Military, who had been left with between 27 and 30 million useless within the struggle towards fascism,” Nines Maestro, one of many demonstrators in Madrid, informed Ruptly.
Greater than 200 individuals, each Russians and locals, turned up for the ‘Immortal Regiment’ parade in central Rome on Sunday. A number of flags of the Donetsk and Lugansk Folks’s Republics had been noticed throughout the rally.
Additionally attending the occasion was Russia’s chargé d’affaires in Italy, Mikhail Rossiysky.
The march organizer, Tamara Dzhuranova, informed Russia’s RIA Novosti media outlet that the ‘Immortal Regiment’ had for the second 12 months attracted various Italians.
Journalist and author Fulvio Grimaldi, for his half, claimed that identical to the Soviet Union “saved us all within the final century,” so is Russia “saving us at the moment once more.”
In Greece, left-wing teams held a equally themed march in Athens that culminated in a protest exterior the US embassy.
Marchers there have been carrying banners emblazoned with slogans equivalent to “Demise to fascism,” “The Crimson Military vanquished fascism, NATO’s defeat is peoples’ peace,” and “Greece towards sending weapons to Kiev.”
Round 200 individuals additionally gathered round a Soviet WWII memorial within the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Sunday.
Russia’s ambassador there Dmitry Lyubinsky addressed the contributors, saying Victory Day is a sacred date for all Russians, and expressed confidence that every one makes an attempt to rewrite historical past would finally fail.
Comparable rallies had been held in Beijing, Istanbul, Caracas and Buenos Aires, to call however just a few places.
The idea of the ‘Immortal Regiment’ was born in Russia’s metropolis of Tomsk in 2012, with the custom having since gained a lot traction nationally and additional afield.