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2020.01.20 10:01

Lithuania to name motorway to Latvia 'the Baltic Way'

Šarūnas Sabaitis, BNS2020.01.20 10:01

Lithuania plans to commemorate the Baltic Way, which took place more than 30 years ago, by naming its main roads where people formed the live chain 'the Baltic Way'.

According to Transport Vice Minister Vladislav Kondratovič, the idea was proposed by the parliamentary commission on resistance and occupation (LKAIVK), and the Ministry of Transport supports it.

"We want to commemorate the event and name those several sections where people lined up more then three decades ago," Kondratovič told BNS.

Read more: 10,000 in Vilnius celebrate Baltic Way anniversary – photos

Lithuania will also suggest for Latvia and Estonia to join the initiative via the Baltic Road Association, said Kondratovič.

In Lithuania, the highway Vilnius-Panevėžys, as well as the Panevėžys-Pasvalys-Riga road up until the Latvian border, would be named the Baltic Way

Over one million people formed a human chain between Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn on August 23, 1989. The Baltic Way, as it became known, called for an end to the Soviet occupation.

In 2004, people in Taiwan joined hands to protest against China's military treats, and the Catalans seeking independence from Spain did the same in 2013. Last year, thousands of people in Hong Kong formed a 40-kilometre-long human chain to protest against China's interference.

Read more: Hong Kong turns out in peaceful protest reminiscent of 1989 Baltic Way