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January 13th – Day of Freedom Defenders

Jan 17 2019

 

Once I visited @thermofisher in #Vilnius, one of the leading units of global ThermoFisher Scientific operations, I was eager to see HQ of a firm ally of #Lithuania, our #LifeSciences industry and @invest_LT. Thank you for that! And thank you @gianlucapettiti for invitation!

 

11:57 AM - 9 Jan 2019

 

Today candles were lit in the MFA to commemorate the January Events that happened in #Lithuania between 11 and 13 January. 28y ago unarmed Lithuanian citizens resisted #Soviet aggressors, who used special troops and tanks, and defended their freedom. #NeverForget

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11:14 PM - 10 Jan 2019

 

The best traditions remain the same, snow is guaranteed! I am looking forward to greeting our friends and allies from both coasts of the Atlantic at the annual #SnowMeeting2019 tomorrow for very timely and topical discussions on the transatlantic unity and our common security.

 

5:28 AM - 9 Jan 2019

 
 
 
 
Lithuania commemorates 13 January as the Day of Freedom Defenders to honour those killed during the Soviet aggression in Vilnius in January 1991. The Soviets then attempted to overturn Lithuania's legitimate administration that had declared independence from the Soviet Union on 11 March 1990. Fourteen people were killed and more than 1,000 unarmed civilians were injured during the attack of the TV Tower and the Lithuanian Radio and Television building by the Soviet army and special units in early hours of 13 January 1991.

To commemorate the victims of January 13th and all those, who stood up to defend their freedom, the Forget Me Not campaign is taking place in Lithuania and abroad, promoted by Lithuanian embassies. People are encouraged to physically wear badges of forget-me-not flowers and/or decorate their Facebook profiles with a temporary frame. Another tradition - the commemorative run "The Way of Life and Death ", dedicated to the victims of Lithuanian freedom in 1991. The run is organized for 28th time; the route starts at Antakalnis cemetery to the TV tower. Saturday evening, traditional bonfires will be lit in the Independence Square near Seimas, by the Vilnius TV Tower and the Lithuanian National Radio and Television Building

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