Re-Independence Day: Free concerts and a battle reenactment ({{commentsTotal}})

A number of events are taking place across the nation today, on August 20, to celebrate 24 years since the restoration of independence.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a traditional reception and will thank those who were instrumental in Estonia regaining independence in 1991. Ilves has called on people to wear a yellow ribbon in support of Estonian official Eston Kohver, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Russia on Wednesday for alleged espionage crimes, although Estonia maintains he was kidnapped from Estonian soil.

Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar will speak in front of croweds today at 18:00 on Freedom Square. It will be his first public appearance since falling ill and spending three months in hospital earlier in the year.

A free concert will begin on the square shortly after. A second free concert will take place in Nõmme, from 17:00.

A traditional family event will take place on the grounds of the TV Tower, with Defense League weapons on show.

In SE of Estonia, a mock battle and weapons exhibition will take place in Otepää.

“Restoring independence means primarily freedom and self-esteem. It means you are a person with possibilities and rights,” Anatoli Štšura, a Belorussian conductor living in Narva, said. He will conduct a free concert in Narva from 18:00 today.

Editor: J.M. Laats



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