Lithuania remembers tragedy

  • 2003-01-16
  • Rokas M. Tracevskis
VILNIUSAll Lithuania mourned its losses and celebrated its victory Jan. 13 on the 12th anniversary of the bloody confrontation between armed Soviet forces and defenseless Lithuanians. To mark the historic event, several hundred people carrying Lithuanian flags gathered around bonfires near Parliament, just as they did 12 years ago, while nearby military formations paraded in full colors. Lithuanians now regard Jan. 13 as Victory Day. "We defended Lithuania with our bodies. We told the world that we do not agree to be slaves, and we want to be free," said Romas Kalesnikas, chairman of the Ka...
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