LIVE: People in Lithuania form human chain from Vilnius to Belarusian border

Published by LRT.LT

Summary generated on August 23, 2020

    On the 21st anniversary of the Baltic Way, some 50,000 people are expected to form a human chain from Vilnius to the Belarusian border to express solidarity with protests in the neighbouring country.

    On August 23, 1989, over a million people formed a human chain spanning Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demand an end to the Soviet occupation.

    On Sunday, the Freedom Way will stretch 32 kilometres from Cathedral Square in central Vilnius to Medininkai, a town close to the Belarusian border.

    An air balloon will take off from Cathedral Square and take a 15-metre long Belarusian flag into the sky.

    The Freedom Way will then be followed by a concert and TV marathon in the courtyard of Medininkai Castle.

    A fundraiser will collect money for the BY Help organisation that has been helping injured, detained and persecuted Belarusians and their families since 2017.

    "Thirty years ago Lithuania broke its shackles of oppression by forming the Baltic Way with its Latvian and Estonian brothers and showing the world that we are free and, first of all, free in our spirit," he said.

    "Today, time has come for our Belarusian brothers to say the dear word 'Freedom'."