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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania marks 24th anniversary of Restoration of independence

Algirdas Acus, LRT 2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania commemorates the 24th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence, in the context of concerns related to ongoing crisis in Ukraine

Lithuania commemorates the 24th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence, in the context of concerns related to ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

On 11th March 1990, Lithuania's Supreme Council–Re-constituent Seimas adopted the Act of the Re-Establishment of the Independent State of Lithuania.

The Act emphasized restoration and legal continuity of the interwar period Lithuania, which was occupied by the USSR and lost independence in June of 1940.

Lithuania was the first of the Soviet republics to proclaim independence.

Among most important events dedicated to the occasion were: a solemn session of the Parliament, the raising of the three flags of the Baltic States in the Independence Square and the Gala Concert at the Cathedral Square in capital Vilnius. Also a number of festivities were held in other major Lithuanian cities.

A traditional and controversial march of nationalists also took place through central Gediminas Avenue – no serious incidents were reported.

Both Lithuanian leaders and ordinary citizens expressed their concerns over crisis in Ukraine and stressed the value of the independence, which is now even more convincing after Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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Vs from archive – 11th March 1990, Independence Restoration

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius arrives at the commemoration

President Dalia Grybauskaite at the commemoration

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

LORETA GRAUZINIENE, Speaker of the Parliament:
 

Let us honour those who died while fighting for the independent Lithuania, let us honour the signatories of the Act, who passed away, and let's honour the Maidan activists who died in Ukraine.

Minute of silence

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

LORETA GRAUZINIENE, Speaker of the Parliament:
 

The tension and fear is high not only in Ukraine. The serious question is if Putin will stop after overstepping the border of Ukraine. I hope that events in Ukraine will help us understand that we should not artificially seek enemies inside our country.

Festivities on the occasion in Siauliai City

Soundbite (Lithuanian), Man:
 

We have to think deep inside while listening to the Lithuanian anthem. We get shivers at watching what is happening near our borders.

Soundbite (Lithuanian), Woman:
 

It causes one to think, especially after events in Ukraine, and see the significance of the 11th March.
 

More from celebrations

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