Pictured are some of the over 1 million people who joined hands from Tallinn to Riga and onward to Vilnius on Aug. 23, 1989. Called the Baltic Way, this massive demonstration was one of the crucial points in the struggle for independence that swept the region in the late '80s. The human chain was brought together to commemorate the Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi-Soviet pact that condemned Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to brutal Soviet occupation in 1940.This year, on the 10th anniversary of the joyful event and the 50th of the tragic one, numerous commemorative events are planned in the Baltics. A bic...
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