Bonfires and gatherings remember bloody Baltic events of 1991

Juris Kaža
4 min readJan 20, 2020

Bonfires were lit and public gatherings held in the Latvian capital Riga January 20th to commemorate Soviet attempts at repressing independence movements in Latvia and Lithuania in 1991 that saw 20 people killed by Soviet forces in both countries.

The annual commemoration of the so-called “Days of the Barricades” recalls the building of improvised barricades of heavy farm equipment, trucks and building materials to seal off important buildings like Latvian Radio and the current Latvian parliament building, then the first…

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Juris Kaža

A freelance journalist based in Riga, Latvia who has covered the country and region for 20 years. Speak native Latvian and English, fluent Swedish and German.