For two countries with such similar languages, cultures and histories, the spectacle of Latvians hunger striking in front of Riga's Lithuanian Embassy seems rather silly. The 35,000 Lithuanians living an odd exile in the northern "sister" country are a living link with deeper common traditions, as Philip Birzulis reports.Jurate Sidlauskiene, who has lived 36 years in Riga, begins each of her monthly Lithuanian-language radio programs on Latvians State Radio with the song Lietuva Brangi (Precious Lithuania), which was an unofficial anthem during the Soviet occupation. However, she and her...
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