See: 25 historic photos from Riga during the Barricades

Take note – story published 5 years ago

How did the 1991 barricades look like in Riga. What happened there? LSM has prepared a gallery of 25 AFI pictures from the time.

The timestamp for some of the pictures has been lost, and sometimes only the month of taking the pictures is known. But the places are clearly recognizable.

The original AFI photo descriptions are quite laconic. But we hope you enjoy them the same. 

January 20 is the commemoration date for the Barricade Days in January 1991 when people flowed into the capitals of the Baltic states and erected makeshift barricades around strategic locations like the parliament and the national radio to protect them against Soviet troops that wanted to crush the Baltic nations' independence drive.

At one point, around 700,000 demonstrators had gathered on the streets in a remarkable show of solidarity characteristic of the times of change. 

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