• August 20, 2014
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Poles on the Baltic Sea Trail

This weekend falls the consecutive anniversary of the Baltic Trail, when in the distant 1989 people formed a “human chain” from Vilnius through Riga to Tallin. The trail was also attended by Lithuanian Poles.

On the Lithuanian side, among organizers of this action, there were also Polish activists. “I was a co-organizer and participant of the Trail as the president of Władysław Syrokomla OSSKPL and first secretary of the Municipal Board ZPL. We had a designated section of the road in Ukmergės street,” said Jan Andrzejewski to zw.lt.

On August 23, 1989, on the occasion of the anniversary of signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the residents of three Baltic states have created a “human chain”. The chain measured 600 km. The action was attended by nearly two million residents of the Baltic states.

The aim of the action was to manifest to the world the pursuit of independence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Translated by Anna Piecha within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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