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In commemoration of the tragic events in Paris and in solidarity with the
people of France, the French flag was raised on the Zakusala TV tower in Riga
on November 17th, while on the following day – the Latvian flag will be raised.
"Until now, a flag has only been raised on two occasions on the flag mast of the
Zakusala TV tower, which is the tallest in the European Union. It was planned that
the third time would be on November 18th of this year, however, after the acts of
terrorism that happened in Paris on November 13th, we have decided to raise the
French flag atop the TV tower on November 17th, in commemoration of the victims of
the terrorist attacks. The Latvia State Radio and Television Centre has been working
for over 90 years in order to provide residents with the opportunity to be informed,
free and independent in their decisions and actions. The national flag is one of the
symbols of freedom, and therefore we will raise the French flag atop the tallest TV
tower in the European Union on the day prior to the Latvian Independence Day, thus
confirming that we are united in thoughts and actions," states State Joint-Stock
Company Latvia State Radio and Television Centre (LVRTC) Board Chairman Janis
"Mourning the cowardly and barbaric act of aggression, which France became the
victim of, we are thankful to the people of Latvia for their compassion and support
during this test. Raising the blue-white-red flag to the top of the TV tower is a
wonderful gesture of solidarity," expresses French ambassador in Latvia Stephane
On the morning of November 17th, a three by six meter French flag was raised on
the flag mast of the TV tower.
In turn, on the morning of November 18th, the Latvian flag will be raised on the
tower's flag mast in honour of the 97th anniversary of the independence of the
Republic of Latvia. The raising of the flags atop the 368m tall flag mast on both the
17th and 18th of November will be performed by LVRTC climbers Janis Faltins and
Riga's radio and television tower is the tallest TV tower in the European Union. It is
located in the heart of Latvia's capital – in the middle of the city on an island. The
tower was built during the 1980s, and this coming January will mark 30 years since
the operation of the tower began.
Previously, a flag has flown atop the TV tower's flag mast on only two occasions.
Moreover, no other country's flag has ever been raised on the TV tower, only the red-
white-red national flag of Latvia.
During the Soviet occupation at the end of the 1980s, when the tower began its
operations, it was intended to raise the Latvian SSR flag, however the employees
who could have performed the complex task refused to do so, saying that "if it's not
the red-white-red flag, then let it be no flag".
The flag was raised for the first time atop the TV tower only nearly 25 years after
regaining independence – in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of
the Latvia State Radio and Television Centre during December of last year. The flag
was raised to the height of 368m for the second time in honour of the 25th
anniversary of the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Latvia.
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