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2020.02.13 08:00

Lithuania names motorway to Latvia the Baltic Way

BNS2020.02.13 08:00

Lithuania will name the motorway from Vilnius to the Latvian border the Baltic Way to commemorate the 1989 human-chain linking Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius.

"By naming the roads after the Baltic Way, we will mark this significant and exceptional event in the history of Lithuania," said Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič.

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On August 23, 1989, over a million people formed a human chain spanning Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demand an end to the Soviet occupation of their countries.

The Baltic Way became a symbol for non-violent resistance elsewhere in the world.

In 2004, people in Taiwan joined their 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 human chain to protest against China's interference.

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Deputy Transport Vladislav Kondratovič told BNS last month that Latvia and Estonia will be invited to join the initiative and rename their respective stretches of the road after the Baltic Way.

Narkevič said on Wednesday he would discuss the initiative with his Latvian counterpart on Saturday.