Today, on 23rd of August 1989 at 7pm Eastern European Summer Time, about 2 million Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians formed a 600 kilometer long human chain that started from Tallinn, Estonia and ended in Vilnius, Lithuania to peacefully demand freedom that was forcefully robbed from them by Soviet Union because of the secret protocol that was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.
People brought out their national flags decorated with black ribbons and lit candles to remember those who were brutally murdered by communist regime - Forest brothers, political prisoners and people who were sent to Siberia.
On 25 March, candles for the Estonians forcefully taken from their homes by the Soviets in 1949, are lighted on Freedom Square in Tallinn. Nearly 3% of the Estonian population were seized in a few days and dispatched to remote areas of Siberia. About quarter of the people already died in exile. This was the most affecting deportation to Estonia out of the many others demanded by the Communist Party.