Inauguration of "The Baltic Way" corridor in the European Parliament (26/06/2013):
extracts from the ceremony in presence of
- Martin SCHULZ, EP President
- Dalia GRYBAUSKAITE, President of Lithuania
- Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Prime Minister of Latvia
- Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
EPRef93972 // European Parliament , Brussels, 00F100 corridor in the Altiero Spinelli Building - recorded on 26/06
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 27/06/2013 First transmission: 27/06/2013
A corridor in the European Parliament is now named "The Baltic Way" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Singing Revolution. The Baltic Way of 23 August 1989 was a demonstration by two million people who joined hands to form a human chain spanning more than 600 kilometres across the three Baltic States. This was an expression of the determination by Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to regain their independence from the Soviet Union, restore democracy and rejoin Europe. The joyous inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of the EP President Martin SCHULZ, the President of Lithuania, Dalia GRYBAUSKAITĖ, the Prime Minister of Latvia, Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, European Commission Vice-President, Siim KALLAS, MEPs from baltic states and leaders of the Baltic Revolution.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Baltic countries and EU flags
||"the Baltic Way" exhibition (6 shots)
||Hand shake Martin SCHULZ EP President,Dalia GRYBAUSKAITE, President of Lithuania
||Arrival of Martin SCHULZ, EP President, Dalia GRYBAUSKAITE, President of Lithuania, Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Prime Minister of Latvia, Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "This is an appeal also today to us, Europeans, this is a message to all dictatorships. No dictatorship on the end will survive because sooner or later people will stand up against because freedom is stronger than dictatorship. This is the message of the Baltic way"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dalia GRYBAUSKAITE, President of Lithuania," All free, Baltic countries, standing in line, taking our hands, it was about 2 million people going from Latvia , Estonia, and to Lithuania. We showed at that time, still being occupied territories , that people having no Internet, no Twitter can gather at that time already and having peaceful revolutions only by whisper, by songs , by transferring message from one to another, that we are capable to stand against any terror, any tanks, any military force."
SOUNDBITE (English) Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Prime Minister of Latvia, "in 1983 when European Parliament supported declaration by honourable MEP Otto Van Habsburg against the colonisation of Baltic states , the Baltic nations were strictly isolated from Europe by the iron curtain."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, "Today's event should not only tell us the story of regaining of our independence and freedom but also how wrong can things go if democracy is not decisive, efficient , worlkable , resilient, strong enough. This should always be in the minds of all democrats."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vytautas LANDSBERGIS (EPP, LT),"In 1989 three Baltic nations standing together unified by common idea, "Freedom Now", have sent the world a very simple, "That's enough!".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vilja Savisaar-Toomast,(ALDE, ES),"During those times we needed the world's attention, support, and protection, the Baltic way was our opportunity to show the world , that the Baltic people's will for freedom was great and consistent"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sandra KALNIETE, (EPP, LV),"For Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania world war 2 had not yet ended and our countries were still occupied. During the Baltic revolution we would demonstrate often, because only with our overwhelming majority and presence we were able to confront the Soviet repressive machine."
||Unveiling of the Baltic Way sign (4 shots)
||Youngsters choir (2 shots)
||Guests singing the Baltic way song (4 shots)
||Applause (4 shots)