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12. 'The Baltic Way' Protest
In an effort to break free from Soviet rule, the three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania led an international peaceful protest. On August 23rd, an estimated two million people joined hands to create a human chain that spanned over 300 miles, spanning across their three countries. 

This not only showcased solidarity between the three nations, but showed the world their desire to be free of USSR rule.  Even more potent, the protest occurred on the 50th anniversary of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, which was an agreement between Hitler and Stalin that divided Eastern Europe between the two countries, and made the Baltics lose their independence and fall under Soviet rule.