WRW flag hung during Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga sold
Mayor of Riga Mārtiņš Staķis / riga.lv
The flag sold at auction for $12,600.
The charity auction of the WRW flag that was hoisted in Riga during the Ice Hockey World Championship has been held. According to the auction site, the flag was sold for 12,600 dollars.
Funds from the sale will be used to help the repressed Belarusians.
The Riga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs had replaced the national flag of Belarus with the white-red-white flag with the "Chase" coat of arms in May 2021.
Staķis explained his action by saying that "the flag, which symbolizes the regime carrying out state terrorism, is inappropriate in the urban environment of Riga -- so we removed it. Because of this, a criminal case was brought against Staķis and Rinkēvičs in Belarus for inciting ethnic hatred.