August 23rd

August 23rd

On this day in 1989, almost 2 million people held hands across the Baltic States, as a peaceful resistance against the USSR.

Later named the Baltic Way, or Baltic Chain, stretched 643km and went across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) fell in 1991, due to the immense social desire in those countries for independence from Russia; and was helped by Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Baltic Way was considered incredibly effective in raising global awareness of the occupation of Baltic States by Soviet forces; and that this was a moral not a political problem.

Since the fall of Communism in Europe, August 23rd has become a day of remembrance, not only in these Baltic countries but across the European Union, as Black Ribbon Day.

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