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 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.