"Where independence started" Top 5 Page for this destination Baricades of Parliament defenders in 1991 Tip by matcrazy1
Baricades of Parliament defenders in 1991, Vilnius: 8 reviews and 14 photos
My strong recomendation is to see these barricades made of cement slabs and put up by parliament defenders in winter 1990/91. Inside the parliament building the downfall of Soviet Empire started when the following act was proclaimed on 11th March, 1990:
SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA ACT
On the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania
The Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, expressing the will of the nation, decrees and solemnly proclaims that the execution of the sovereign powers of the State of Lithuania, abolished by foreign forces in 1940, is re-established, and henceforth Lithuania again is an independent state.
The Act of Independence of 16 February 1918 of the Council of Lithuania and the Constituent Assembly (Seimas) decree of 15 May 1920 on the re-established democratic State of Lithuania never lost their legal effect and comprise the constitutional foundation of the State of Lithuania.
The territory of Lithuania is whole and indivisible, and the constitution of no other state is valid on it.
The State of Lithuania stresses its adherence to universally recognised principles of international law, recognises the principle of inviolability of borders as formulated in the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe in Helsinki in 1975, and guarantees human, civil and ethnic minorities rights.
The Supreme Council of the Republic Lithuania, expressing its sovereign power, by this Act begins to realise the complete sovereignty of the State.
Source: Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (not copyrighted).
Address: Gedimino prospektas 53, Vilnius
Directions: By western wing of the Lithuanian parliament building. North of Gedimino prospektas at its eastern end, by Neris River, approx. 25 min. walk from the Cathedral Square.
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