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IGAUNIJA PIEMIN PADOMJU DEPORTĀCIJU UPURUS

Estonia Remembers Soviet Deportation Victims


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The victims of mass deportations that took place 64 years ago today will be memorialized in an annual candle-lighting ceremony in Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu.

From March 25 to 29, 1949, the Soviet regime deported over 20,000 Estonians to labor camps in Siberia.

At noon today, a memorial wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the base of Tallinn’s Liberty Cross, attended by state agencies, military representatives, diplomats, student groups and other organizations.

A bishop from the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church will say a prayer, followed by speeches by Regional Affairs Minister Siim Kiisler and the head of an organization representing victims of Soviet repressions.

At 13:00, a memorial service will commence at St. John’s Church, adjacent to the monument.

In the evening, at 18:00, thousands of candles will be lit in honor of the victims, on Freedom Square in Tallinn and elsewhere in Estonia.

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March 25, 2013 - Posted by | deportācijas, piemiņa

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