Baltic Way 30th Anniversary

What is the “Baltic Way”?

Baltic-Way-in-Tallinn-Gunnar-VaidlaThe 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).15948__51a6f33e18cd2.jpg

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?

1408687904_bcAt 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)

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baltijas ceļš tautu meitasSo 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

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Well I was on TV (Fire Road 2017)

 

 

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Photo source Nacionālā Apvienība  

On the 23rd August was Baltic Way “Anniversary” and I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing event remembering this historical event called  “Fire Road”.Where everyone could light a candle in the road as a tribute.

Photo source Nacionālā apvienība 

So What is Baltic Way?Baltic_Way_1

The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (also Chain of Freedom,[1] Estonian: Balti kett, Latvian: Baltijas ceļš, Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias, Russian: Балтийский путь) was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.The demonstration originated in “Black Ribbon Day” protests held in the western cities in the 1980s. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and led to the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.More about that you can read here.

And we opened the Night News!

So what was I doing at this event?me,costume

Well basically looked pretty in a Ukrainian traditional costume for an hour(Thanks to Ukrainian center who asked me to do it).The only thing I’m really sad about is my resting “Bitch face”..You can see that in almost every single photo. I guess people were thinking I’m mad or just tired..but it’s just my face when it in a relaxing mood.Ah, sad…but I had a great time and the people were so nice.

Here you have another video!

 

Tell me in the comments, Have you ever been on TV?If not then would you want to?

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Till next time 🙂

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