34 years since legendary Baltic Way

August 23, 2023 marks 34 years since the historical Baltic Way, also known as the Baltic chain - a human chain weaving through all three Baltic States on August 23, 1989.

Approximately two million people joined hands, forming a chain of over 600 kilometers through Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, in peaceful protest against the Soviet occupation. 

The biggest achievement of the protest campaign was getting the USSR to admit to past crimes. The USSR acknowledged the existence of the 1939 Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and declared it invalid. It was one of the most important steps towards the restoration of independence in the Baltics.

You can read a comprehensive description of this historical day on this LSM story published on the 30th anniversary of the event to find out more about this monumental event impacting the lives of many.

You can also watch a documentary on providing context here.

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