23 August 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the day when around a million residents of the Baltic States joined hands to draw attention to the freedom aspirations of the Baltic States. As one of the most notable peaceful political mass demonstrations to date, a human chain was formed on 23 August 1989, stretching from Tallinn to Vilnius via Riga with a total length of 675.5 kilometres. The demonstration was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The Baltic Way is a chapter in the story of the liberation of eastern Europe and remains one of the most remarkable examples of peaceful protest in history.

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Baltiс Way. Author: Harald Leppikson. Estonian National Archives