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2019.09.26 17:00

Hong Kong protest is not the new Baltic Way, Lithuanian ambassador to China says

LRT.lt 2019.09.26 17:00

Lithuanian ambassador to China said she supported peaceful protests in Hong Kong but that those involved should not liken their situation to the Baltic Way, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday.

“It is important not to misinterpret the meaning of the Baltic Way in the context of Hong Kong events,” Ina Marčiulionytė, Lithuania’s ambassador to China, said in a written interview.

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“For the Baltic states it was an act of free will of our societies and peaceful resistance against the foreign occupier Soviet Union which occupied our states before and after the Second World War,” she said.

“The ‘Hong Kong Way’ depicts the will of Hong Kong people to claim more rights within their own law, but not statehood.”

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Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told LRT English in a written comment that the ambassador's statements reflect the Lithuanian position, as the country supports "One-China policy".

The Baltic Way saw around two million people across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia form a 650-kilometre human chain linking the three Baltic capitals. It was held on August 23, 1989, on the 50th anniversary of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by which the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany carved up their respective spheres of influence in Central Europe.

Full story on the South China Morning Post