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THE MEMORIAL OF THE BALTIC WAY

Location: N58° 49` 16.9", E25° 8` 29.85"

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On 23rd August, 1989, marking the 50th anniversary of the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact, approximately two million people joined their hands for 15 minutes to form a human chain in length of 600 km across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in order to protest peacefully against the Soviet occupation as the result of the pact's secret protocols and draw global attention to the Baltic states.  

Documents recording the Baltic way were added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2009 in recognition of their value in documenting history. This register incorporates unique documents which have influenced the world in a significant way.  

The Baltic Way was organised by Baltic pro-independence movements: Sajudis of Lithuania, Tautas fronte of Latvia and Rahvarinne of Estonia. The message of the event was 'Freedom' and the name of the campaign was assigned 'The Baltic Way'. The Baltic Way was also listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest human chain. 

To commemorate the protest, several memorials and monuments were established in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This particular memorial stands in Rapla county near Käru settlement.