30th Anniversary of Baltic Way Marked in Switzerland
On 24 August at the University of Fribourg, members of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities in Switzerland celebrated the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Baltic Way --a 600-km long 2-million people human chain linking Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn in 1989-- that protested the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols and paved the way to the Baltic States' freedom.
The event participants observed a minute of silence in memory of the recently deceased great Swiss friend of the Baltic countries Hans Graf.
They were greeted by the leaders of the Communities, heads of diplomatic and consular missions in Geneva; watched a Lithuanian TV documentary; sang Baltic Way songs; and listened to, and participated in, a lively Estonian musical performance by Anu Tagemaa.
Many thanks to Jūratė Caspersen, President of the Swiss Lithuanian Community, and her colleagues for leadership and initiative as well as to the artist, participants and guests for making it a meaningful and memorable event.