Riga – Vandals have struck for the second time in a week at a memorial to victims of the Holocaust in Rīga.
Police are investigating the repeat desecration of the Biķernieki memorial on the outskirts of Rīga, after ‘Z’ symbols associated with Russia’s genocidal war in Ukraine were spray-painted on elements of the memorial just days after being removed.
Norberts Aleknavičš, monument care specialist of the Riga Monuments Agency, said the offending symbols should be fairly easy to remove as the paint was barely dry when they were discovered.
Meanwhile, the head of the State Police described the vandals as cowards.
“They acted in rather cowardly fashion here. They are not capable of anything more. In the dark hours of the night is when they show their ‘heroism’. I would advise them to calm down, because there is a statutory responsibility for this,” said Armands Ruks, head of the State Police.