Lithuanian police fails to open a case against neo-Nazi bikers

Wehrmacht uniform-clad bikers were cruising down the streets of Vilnius on May 9, 2020, to the sound of German military marches

Vilnius police have found no elements of crime in the actions of motorcycle-riding neo-Nazis who organized a provocative act on May 9. 2020, said the official letter received by the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) community. 

On May 9, 2020, a group of Wehrmacht uniform-clad bikers were riding along the streets of the Lithuanian capital. Their goal was the Antakalnis cemetery in the Old Town, where graves of WWII victims are located. After the police prevented them from entering the cemetery, the bikers left the Old Town playing a Nazi march. The group circled the Russian embassy several times. After that, the Jewish community of Lithuania sent a request for the country’s general prosecutor office to start a criminal case against the offenders. The prosecutor’s office submitted the files to Vilnius police for investigation. 

However, Vilnius police reported their enquiry found no Nazi symbols on the bikers’ uniform. As crime investigator Vitalija Auglytė noted, the police let the bikers off with a warning that their action might be considered offensive, suggesting that they should disperse. She also said that no law in Lithuania prohibited playing German military music in public. 

It is worth noting that earlier, the Highest Administrative Court of Lithuania supported Jonas Norejka, a Nazi collaborator, and another Nazi proxy, leader of the anti-Soviet Front of Lithuanian Activists Kazys Škirpa, appeared on the cover of the Lithuanian defense ministry’s in-house magazine.

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