The Baltic Way- The Baltic Way was a massive human chain spread across three occupied countries in 1989. The three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania had been under brutal Soviet occupation since World War 2, had their fates signed away by a secret agreement between the Nazis and Soviets (Molotov-Rippentrop Pact), and lost nearly 1/3 of their populations from deportations. It was not until glasnost was created that previously clandestine information was now made public. In protest to the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Rippentrop Pact two million people formed a human chain, connecting the three countries’ capitals. People defiantly held their traditional flags, which had been banned by the Soviets. This act peaceful protest was a part of the Singing Revolution which would lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the three Baltic states’ independence.
Keywords: protest, revolution, baltics, freedom, history