March 4, 2015
Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today urged Artūras Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, to cancel the upcoming neo-Nazi march scheduled to take place this coming Wednesday, March 11, Lithuanian Independence Day, in the center of the city.
In a letter sent today by its chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center urged Mayor Zuokas to find a legal basis to cancel the march, or at least have it conducted elsewhere under strict limitations against incitement and Holocaust distortion.”
According to Zuroff’s letter to the mayor:
“As you well know, once again the neo-Nazis and ultranationalists plan to march in the center of Vilnius this coming Wednesday, March 11 to mark Lithuanian independence day. I think that it should be obvious to you that such a march in which the main slogan is “Lithuania for Lithuanians,” and numerous Lithuanian swastikas are shown along with the image of Third Reich supporter Juozas Ambrazevicius, who collaborated with the Nazis in the murder of the Jewish residents of Kaunas, is hardly an appropriate manner to celebrate Lithuanian independence.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s instinctive response to speech they don’t like is to try to ban it.