Poster issued by Sajÿdis
'With Sajÿdis - for Lithuania!'
Jonas Varnas (designer), Zinas Kazÿnas (photographer) and Giedrius Reimeris (logo designer), Lithuania
Colour photo-lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.3120-1990
Given by Atgimimas newspaper
On August 23 1989 an estimated two million people in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia demonstrated against Soviet rule by joining hands and forming a human chain that stretched for nearly 400 miles across the three Baltic states. This extraordinary mass protest took place on the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of August 23 1939, when Germany and the Soviet Union had staked out their territorial claims in Europe, an agreement which led to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. This photographic poster documents the spectacle and draws on the iconography of revolutionary action, emphasising the solidarity and spirit of the demonstrators.