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 renewal of independence in the Baltics.
Today we remember those who took part in The #BalticWay courageously joining hands in a historic human chain stretching across ??Estonia, ??Latvia & ??Lithuania thus showing the world how strongly they wanted a return of independence & overturning the Hitler-Stalin Pact pic.twitter.com/RDexXaj5oG— Latvian MFA (@Latvian_MFA) August 23, 2020
Year after year, the event is remembered in special ways, and this year is no exception. Given the ongoing protests in Belarus and supporting Belarus, similar human chains are formed today in various places in the Baltic, the largest one forming from Vilnius, Lithuania, to the Belarusian border.
A chain in the center of Riga was also formed, many flags of the Baltics and Belarus waving around.
According to Lithuanian news portal LRT, this year, the highway from Vilnius to Latvian border will be named the Baltic Way on Google maps.
Last year, when the Baltic Way celebrated its 30th anniversary, LSM did a comprehensive story about the historical day. You can check it out here, to find out more about this monumental event impacting the lives of many.