President of Latvia to open the exhibition on the Baltic Way

24.08.2010. 12:49

On 30 August, during his state visit to the Czech Republic, the President of the Republic of Latvia H.E. Mr Valdis Zatlers will officially open the exhibition The Baltic Way That Moved the World.

The exhibition features 32 photographs and photo collages as well as a documentary that reflect a unique peaceful mass demonstration, which took place on 23 August, 1989 in all three Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The Baltic Way marked fifty years since the signing of a treaty between foreign affairs ministers of Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939. This pact, and the secret clauses it contained, divided the spheres of influence of the USSR and Germany and led to World War II, and consequently to the occupation of the three Baltic states. In protest against the reluctance of the Soviet authorities to examine the legality of the treaty and in desire to regain independence, 2 million people formed a 600 km long human chain through the Baltic states linking the capitals of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

The Baltic Way has been inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register as a unique testimony of human solidarity and unity in their peaceful drive for freedom.

The opening will take place at 4 o’clock in the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (Nám. Jana Palacha 2, Praha 1).

The travelling exhibition will be available for visitors from 26 August to 21 September. It has been displayed in Latvia, France, Belarus, and the United Kingdom. The exhibition is organised by the Embassy of Latvia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.