The fate of the controversial Soviet-era sculptures on the Green Bridge in the Lithuanian capital should be decided during a conference organized by the State Commission for Cultural Heritage this fall, daily Lietuvos žinios reported Friday.
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In late October or early November, Lithuanian heritage and art specialists, artists, parliamentarians and representatives of the public will be invited to discuss the issues of preserving Soviet-era cultural heritage.

"The time has come to hold a serious discussion. We should dot the i's to see whether we are a country of culture or not," the commission's chairman, Gražina Drėmaitė, told the daily.

"I think the conference will prove that it is the minority that demands removal of the Green Bridge sculptures. The majority support the idea of keeping [the statues] as witnesses of our lives and part of our culture. That is what I hope for," said Drėmaitė.

Critics maintain that the four groups of sculptures, representing soldiers, workers, farmers, and students, on the Green Bridge in central Vilnius are Soviet propaganda and insult people who fought to free Lithuania from the Soviet rule.

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