MEDIKINNAI, Lithuania — Greater than 50,000 Lithuanians joined fingers Sunday in a human chain stretching 20 miles from the capital of Vilinus to the Belarus border to specific solidarity with their neighbor’s dramatic wrestle for democracy.
The huge occasion, dubbed “the Freedom Manner” resembled one other historic occasion on August 23, 1989, when over one million individuals in the nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania shaped the Baltic Manner, a human chain stretching from Vilnius to Tallinn, to demand an finish to the Soviet occupation.
The message Sunday was related: The individuals of Belarus deserve elections which might be free, honest and democratic.
“Thirty years in the past, Lithuania broke its shackles of oppression, displaying the world that we’re free and, initially, free in our spirit. Right this moment, the time has come for our Belarusian brothers to say the pricey phrase ‘freedom,’” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda stated.
He was certainly one of many outstanding Lithuanians who joined the occasion, together with former presidents Valdas Adamkus and Dalia Grybauskaite, diplomats and navy officers from dozens of nations.