The State Cultural Heritage Commission of Lithuania has postponed the discussion on the fate of the Soviet sculptures on the Green Bridge in central Vilnius until spring amid ongoing protests.
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Commission chairwoman Gražina Drėmaitė said on Wednesday an international conference on Soviet heritage would be organized in March or April.

"The conference council has decided that it would be better to organize an international conference as other countries have experience on the issue, and we postponed it to the spring. We want specialists from Germany, Italy and Poland to attend. Until then, local specialists will work. Heritage is not politics. We cannot just make a political decision and that's it. Nobody does that, we need to do this in a civilized way," she told BNS on Wednesday.

A group of activists held a protest near the Green Bridge on Wednesday, demanding that the Soviet sculptures on the bridge be removed from the Cultural Heritage List.

"We hope that state institutions will no longer include the occupants' propaganda sculptures into the list of protected objects. Today, in the wake of aggression against Ukraine, this tool is harming children by spreading lies and denying genocide against Lithuania," Kasparas Genzbigelis, chairman of the January 13 brotherhood, told BNS.

The protesters plan to rally near the bridge from 12 until 4 PM every day until 12 October.

People are also invited to sign an online petition for the removal of the Soviet sculptures from the Green Bridge. It has already been signed by 3,000 people.

The Green Bridge sculptures, featuring Soviet soldiers, workers, peasants and students, have been erected on the bridge in 1952.

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