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On 23 August 1989, almost two million people joined hands in the 600 km long Baltic Way across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The Baltic Way is the largest and most important civic initiative expressing the aspiration of the Baltic States to regain their independence. Back on 23 August 1989, almost two million people joined hands in the 600 km long Baltic Way across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, showing their unity and solidarity in pursuit of freedom. 20 years on, a collection of documents attesting to this peaceful civil initiative was listed in the UNESCO’s Register of the Memory of the World. The strong sense of fraternity, unity and common purpose became the key political driver leading to the restoration of the independence of the Baltic States.

Photo: Go Vilnius