Latvian authorities dismantle Soviet-era monument

STORY: The "Monument to the Liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the German Fascist Invaders" was built in 1985 to commemorate the Soviet Army's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Back then, the Baltic nation - now part of NATO and the European Union - was still part of the Soviet Union.

Some ethnic Russians protested the dismantling but no major incident was reported.

Four protesters were detained for resisting the police, Latvia's main news agency LETA reported.

Ethnic Russians - 24% of the country's population - used the monument as a yearly rally point to commemorate Russia's Victory Day.