24 Aug, 2023

Liberals commemorate 34 years since the Baltic Way

On 23 August 1989, approximately two million people formed a 600-kilometre human chain running across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to peacefully demonstrate against the Soviet occupation.  

The historical event became known as the Baltic Way and was one of the most important steps towards the restoration of independence in the Baltic countries. 

Three years ago, in occasion of the day’s 31st anniversary, 50,000 supporters joined hands once again in a chain stretching from Vilnius to the Belarusian border in support of the protesters and activists in Belarus who were - and still are - fighting for democracy and freedom.  

“Lithuania's support for a democratic and European Belarus remains unwavering,” said Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, leader of ALDE party member Liberalų sąjūdis, who met with Belarusian democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya last week.

“The spirit of the Baltic Way lives on today. Just as we joined hands and showed our courage more than thirty years ago, so now the whole of Europe is united in our thoughts with those nations that fight bravely against tyranny every day. We will always remember,” wrote ALDE Party member Laisvės partija.

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