It is paradoxical that the ripping down of the Berlin Wall symbolizes the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, while in the Baltics those heady days are fondly remembered because barricades went up.The January 1991 events in Vilnius and Riga will be debated by historians for years to come. Did Gorbachev order the bloody crackdowns? If not, then was the writing already on the wall for him?Whatever the academics say, thousands of Latvians and Lithuanians who stood at the barricades gain strength today when they remember that they were ready to risk their lives for freedom. Back then, nobody kn...
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