How do 2 million people get their hands together in offline conditions?

August 23 from From 14.00 to 20.30 the Cabinet of Ministers will be able to get acquainted with the story of the idea of ​​the Baltic Way and the challenges of organizing it, see the cars that the participant brings to the venues and meet the people who stood on the Baltic Way.  

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, residents and guests of Riga's 36th Brivibas Boulevard at the Cabinet building are invited to read the story of the Baltic Way, prepared by the first Speaker of the Popular Front of Latvia, Dainis Evans. It chronologically sets out previously unexplored facts about the origins of the idea, the difficulties faced by the organizers, the actions of supporters and opponents, and the results that have left an indelible mark on the geopolitical space of not only the Baltic States but Europe as a whole.

“It was not easy to run such a campaign just on landline phones and offline. The coordination of the masses had to ask the Soviet authorities for permission to use live radio and close the traffic on the live circuit for at least 10 minutes, ”says D. Īvāns in a story about the Baltic Way. "It took either 8000 medium-sized buses (there were not so many cars in the Latvian SSR fleet) or 50,000 cars to bring the participants to the right places at the same time."

 

Therefore, in addition to the story of the Baltic Way, on August 23, Soviet-era vehicles of members of the Latvian Antique Automobile Club, some of which have been used to transport the participants to the venues, will be available in addition to the story of the Baltic Way. Likewise, those who have experienced a handshake will be able to map their location 30 years ago.

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