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Published: 29 july 2019 10:08

Vytautas Plečkaitis: Sąjūdis led us to the Baltic Way, and the Baltic Way ー to independence

Baltijos kelias
Baltijos kelias

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. Next year, we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the Lithuanian state. This is a considerable period of time, not only in a person’s lifetime but also for our country, bearing in mind the fact that the Republic of Lithuania, during the interwar period, was barely 22 years old.

Lithuania's rebirth required a favourable international climate and, most importantly, a critical mass of societal patriotism and structural leadership, including the brave people who mobilised around the Lithuanian Reform Movement (Lithuanian: Sąjūdis).

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