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Hundreds protest the current Estonian government in Tallinn

A demonstration in support of freedom took place in the Estonian capital’s Deer’s Park on 14 September; over 400 people came together to remind the government of Jüri Ratas the values of liberty, justice and the rule of law. “Yes to freedom, no to lies” grassroot initiative organised a demonstration …

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The Baltic Chain 30.

Chicagoland Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians commemorate the Baltic Way

The Chicagoland Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians gathered on 25 August in Grant Park, next to Buckingham Fountain, to commemorate the Baltic Way in which on 23 August 1989, 30 years ago, approximately two million people formed a human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius. At 7:00 PM on 23 August 1989, …

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Estonia commemorates 30 years since the Baltic Way – the longest unbroken human chain in history

There were many reasons why people all over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania took part in the Baltic Way, but for eight-year-old Anne-Marie Riitsaar, one of the biggest reasons was bananas. At 7:00 PM on 23 August 1989, approximately two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined hands, forming a …

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The occupation museum opens an exhibit to celebrate the anniversary of the Baltic Way

The Estonian Museum of Occupations and Freedom, called Vabamu, is creating an experience-based exhibition with sound installations to celebrate the anniversary of the Baltic Way. In 2019, 30 years have passed since the historic day when nearly two million people gathered together to create a 600-kilometre (430-mile) Baltic Way across …

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Estonia-based Hongkonger proposes the Baltic Way-inspired human chain in Hong Kong

A Tallinn-based Hong Kong startup entrepreneur proposed the Baltic Way-inspired human chain in a secret internet forum and the activists are turning the idea into reality – the human chain in support of democracy is due to take place in Hong Kong on 23 August, on the 30th anniversary of …

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Estonia celebrates the day of restoration of independence

On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state; every year, 20 August is celebrated as the day of Restoration of Independence.* In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian politicians declared the nation’s independence – even as Soviet tanks were rolling through the countryside to …

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Scientists find a pristine Renaissance-era shipwreck between Estonia and Sweden

An international team of scientists has revealed the remains of an intact and astonishingly preserved early modern period (late 15th – early 16th century) shipwreck in the Baltic Sea between Estonia and Sweden, using state-of-the-art underwater robotics. According to the University of Southampton, the UK, this unknown ship is probably …

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English-language discussions at the Estonian Opinion Festival

The annual Opinion Festival again takes place in its traditional place right in the heart of Estonia – the town of Paide; the main theme in 2019 is “Future” and the festival features several English-language panels. During the two days, from 9-10 August, there will be plenty of discussions taking …

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