One killed in clashes over World War monument in Estonia
Friday, April 27, 2007
One man was killed and 44 hurt in clashes between demonstrators and police in Tallinn, Estonia last night after authorities removed a controversial Soviet monument.
The Bronze Soldier of Tallinn is seen as a reminder of Soviet occupation by Estonian nationalists, while veterans and Russian-speaking Estonians view the monument as a symbol of the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism. Police special units were used to force away the pro-monument protesters, screaming "Disgrace to Estonia!".
Police clashed with protesters during the night riots, some cars were burnt, and store front windows in the center of Tallinn were broken by the demonstrators.
Russian authorities, who often supported the monument as a symbol of victory over fascism, denounced Estonian police actions and the monument removal. Sergey Mironov, Russia's parliament speaker, threatened to break the diplomatic relations with Estonia.
According to Russian radio station Echo of Moscow the number of casualties has increased to three.
- David Mardiste. "Estonia removes Red Army statue after night riots" — , April 27, 2007
- "Russia mulling steps against Estonia over WW2 monument" — , April 27, 2007
- Jari Tanner (AP). "Clashes erupt at Soviet grave in Estonia" — , April 27, 2007
- "Estonia removes Soviet memorial" — , April 27, 2007
- "Estonian clashes over communist monument" — , April 27, 2007
- "По неофициальным данным в Эстонии погибло уже трое человек" — , April 27, 2007 (Russian)