: ERR: Tallinn denies permission to close city street for May 9 march

12:59 May. 6, 2016

ERR: Tallinn denies permission to close city street for May 9 march

The Bronze Soldier Monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers at the cemetery of the Estonian Defense Forces in Tallinn, Estonia, is surrounded by flowers, May 8, 2007 (AP Photo)

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The City of Tallinn has denied permission for the organizers of a march to the city's military cemetery to close a street leading to it to traffic for the march, which is scheduled to be held on the evening of May 9.

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Organizers of the march had sought permission to close a stretch of Filtri Road, between Tallinn Bus Station and the Defence Forces Cemetery of Tallinn, to traffic for a march to the Monument to the Fallen in the Second World War on May 9.

The Tallinn City Transport Department, however, stated that closing roads to traffic in the area would hamper the outbound movement of both intercity and city buses from the bus station and adjoining bus stop, as well as make it more difficult for people who wish to visit the military cemetery to access it.

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The city transport authority also recommended that anyone planning on visiting the cemetery park their car some distance away and proceed to the cemetery by foot in order to help avoid the congestion of nearby streets with parked vehicles.

The monument in the cemetery, better known colloquially as the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn (Pronkssõdur), is a Soviet war memorial whose April 2007 relocation together with the remains of Soviet soldiers from a central Tallinn park to the military cemetery sparked two nights of riots in the country's capital, events referred to as the Bronze Night (Pronksiöö) or April Unrest (Aprilli rahutused).

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