Early Monday morning, the four Soviet era statues on the Green Bridge of Vilnius were removed. In their place, pots with blooming flowers were placed. The controversial statues have attracted calls to remove them permanently. However, that cannot be done as long as they are listed as protected monuments. While some say Vilnius should keep the Green Bridge statues as a reminder of its history, albeit painful, others insist they represent Soviet propaganda and are therefore an insult to the nation.