Stop the presses! Some nationalistic-feeling Estonians tried to lay a wreath in rememberance at the foot of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn, and someone pushed someone, and, even though no arrests were made, it still made the International Herald Tribune the same day it happened.
Postimees also promised that there would be footage of the scuffle on TV tonight, because real violence is preferable to the fake violence they usually show on television.
The big question is, of course, who will this benefit in the election? The answer is no one. Supporters of Ansip will say, "See, I told you we should moce the monument" and supporters of Savisaar will say, "See, we should let sleeping dogs lie."
I am begining to see these 'gangs of bandits' - the Estonian National Movement and Night Watch, as rival gangs, like the Bloods and the Crips. Which means that this isn't a state issue -- it's a law enforcement issue. It looks like the law did ok and nobody got hurt. If they want to keep things that way, they'll enforce a ban on demonstrations at the controversial grave site.
Fortunately, for those of us that know that time existed before 1940 -- which I guess excludes the Russian foreign ministry in some cases -- ETV will be treating us to two historical films centered around Estonia, and neither of them is Viimne Reliikvia.
The first, Malev, is one I have only seen clips of before. Malev (see above photo) is a comedic -- if you find Eesti humor funny -- take on the Northern crusades, and the subjugation of the Estonians by the Teutonic knights in the 12th and 13th centuries. I am looking very much forward to seeing it for the very first time.
The second film, Nimed Marmortahvlil, is the real gem. It should be shown every Feb. 24, the way they show The Sound of Music at Thanksgiving every year in the US. It concerns the removal of Russian and German troops from the Baltic province of Estonia by poorly trained Estonian school boys with meager weaponry, and the resulting foundation of the Republic of Estonia. Peter Franzen is also there to play the "older brother" Finland that helps hapless Estonia achieve its victory. It's a good film, and I'll be watching it, A. Le Coq in hand.