What is the “Baltic Way”?
The Baltic Way was a peaceful political demonstration which took place on 23 August 1989 when approximately two million people joined their hands forming a 600 km long human chain through the Baltic countries, thus demonstrating their unity in their efforts towards freedom.
Why did the Baltic Way take place?
In 1940 the Baltic states were occupied by the Soviet Union which had previously agreed upon it with Nazi Germany. The agreement was entered into on 23 August 1939 in Moscow and was entirely secret. This document is called the Hitler–Stalin Pact or the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact (by the surnames of the signatories: the USSR Minister for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov and the German Minister for Foreign Affairs Joachim von Ribbentrop).
At the end of the 1980s the effects of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact were still sharply present in the Baltic states. The occupation continued but the USSR denied the existence of the Pact and continuously asserted that the Baltic states had voluntarily joined the Soviet Union. On 23 August 1989, the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the inhabitants of the three Baltic states demanded public acknowledgement of the Pact’s secret protocols and the renewal of the independence of the Baltic states.
How did the Baltic Way take place?
At 19:00 on 23 August 1989 approximately two million inhabitants of the Baltic states joined hands forming a human chain from Tallinn through Riga to Vilnius. The Baltic Way was organised by the national movements of the Baltic states: the Estonian Rahvarinne, the Latvian Popular front of Latvia and the Lithuanian Sajūdis. The participants gathered in the cities and villages where the campaign was to take place or drove to the less inhabited Baltic territories where the Baltic Way was to wind through.
(Info found on thebalticway.eu definitely check out the site for more info on this historical event)
So on the 23. August in all three Baltic countries there was big memorial events (like concerts, exhibitions)celebrating this Historical moment. And like last year I was invited to stand in a folk costume with other girls, representing the countries who were affected by the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.
I was in the Ukrainian folk costume (looking all cute if I can say so myself) and my friend Jonathan carried the flag. People took so many pictures of us and asked to take photos with them(wouldn’t be surprised if my face is everywhere on people personal facebooks). At the end of the event, people had the opportunity to light candles in a symbolical “Fire Road”. It was a great time, with amazing people and positive emotions!
That’s it from me
Till Next time