Saturday, August 23, 2014

On this day in 1989: Two million hold hands in peaceful anti-Soviet Baltic Way

Latvian Freedom Monument in 2014
Although the Soviet Union hung on until 1991, it started to crumble in 1987 when what became known as the Singing Revolution began in the Baltic States--Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

It was on this day in 1989--on the ominous 50th anniversary of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact that led to these small countries losing their independence to the Evil Empire--when two million Balts in these captive nations held hands and created a 370-mile long human chain called the Baltic Way. Of course it was a peaceful protest.

Twenty-five years later the Russian bear is stirring again.

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