The Singing Revolution

Mart Laar
Europe
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Estonian statesman Mart Laar tells the audience about his personal experience fighting for human rights and democracy in Estonia under Soviet occupation. Laar explains that two key phenomena played a major role in his country’s transition from Soviet satellite to democracy: the international community began to recognize the repression taking place in Estonia and pressured the Soviet occupiers, ensuring that the Soviets refrained from violence, and Estonians dared to dream, taking to the streets and singing banned patriotic songs for independence. This was the Singing Revolution, the Estonian miracle.

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