During the Baltic Way (in Latvian: Baltijas ceļš) (also called the Baltic Chain) roughly 2 million Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians joined hands to form a 600km-long human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius via Riga. The mass demonstration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact took place on August 23, 1989, while the Baltic nations were still occupied by the Soviet Union. The event presented an opportunity for the Baltic activists to show unity and position the question of Baltic independence not only as a political matter, but also as a moral issue. A small red granite footprint at the crossroads of Kaļķu and Vaļņu is a reminder of that event. Called Pēdas (Footprints), it was a gift from Lithuania, which also installed memorials in Vilnius and Tallinn.

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