Occupation

Occupation
On 17 June 1940 the USSR began the occupation of Latvia. The USSR armed forces crossed the border of Latvia from Lithuania and Russia, and advanced towards Riga and other large towns, where they took over strategic locations. On the Daugava River, opposite the Presidential residence, a Soviet navy battleship was anchored with its cannons  aimed at the Presidential residence. Following the demand by the USSR legation, Radio Latvia ended its programs and transmitted only music. In the afternoon at the Riga railway station there were incidents between the Soviet military convoy and the curious crowd of onlookers. At the same time, President Kārlis Ulmanis drove around Riga in an open automobile. Only at 10 p.m. was President Ulmanis allowed to address the nation by radio.