Defenders of Freedom Day

descubre lituania 14 de ene. de 2014

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Yesterday, on聽January the 13th, the Lithuanians commemorated the聽heroes聽killed in the聽Vilnius TV Tower聽on the 13th of January聽1991.聽On that day, the soviet troops surrounded it and tried to take it by force to deprive聽Lithuanian radio聽and聽television’s聽opportunities to broadcast national channels in聽Lithuanian language.聽Also聽(the soviet army)聽wanted to continue the聽Anti-Lithuania聽propaganda聽without the Lithuanians showing opposition to that.

Thousands聽of unarmed聽people surrounded the tower to protect it from the armed soviet soldiers聽(even tanks were sent)聽and聽fourteen聽of them got聽killed.

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Since then,聽January聽the聽13th聽is a national day, the聽Defenders of Freedom Day.

Not so long time ago, I had the opportunity to visit the tower聽 and on the bottom of it there’s a monument in the聽memory聽of the Defenders.

Here I share a documentary about this day. It’s in lithuanian聽with聽english subtitles.聽Really worth it.

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U啪 Lietuv膮, vyrai!

Photo credit to: Laimonas Ciunis.

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