Memorial slab dedicated to Baltic Way

Memorial slab dedicated to Baltic Way

On August 23, 1991, approximately two million residents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined hands to form a 600 kilometer long human chain from Tallinn through Riga, all the way to Vilnius, to demonstrate in a peaceful way against the Soviet occupation on the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and express their desire for independence. To commemorate this event, a special memorial was unveiled in Old Town Riga as a gift from Lithuania called Pēdas (Footprints). Such memorial slabs have also been set-up in Vilnius and Tallinn.

In July of 2009, the Baltic Way was also included on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The protest was deemed a success after the Soviet Union finally admitted to the existence of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This demonstration also helped pave the way for the restoration of independence of all three Baltic States.

Additional information

Additional information about the Baltic Way can be found on a dedicated website - thebalticway.eu. The website contains information, first-hand accounts as well as other relevant materials.