'This is not a swastika' — Latvian town council

Residents of Saldus are up in arms after one of their neighbours chose to put up Christmas lights which look suspiciously like a swastika, Thursday. Several townsfolk reported the Christmas lighting to local authorities, believing it to be Christmas themed Nazi iconography. The town council has sought to calm fears and have said that the adornment on the building is simply an ‘ugunskrustam... Еще’, which is the Latvian symbol of fire. One resident was in full agreement with the municipal authorities. «This is not a swastika. A swastika is the other way around. The scandal is overblown», he said. Public displays of Nazi icons are banned in many countries, due to its associations with the Third Reich.

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