GALLERY: Tens of thousands of candles commemorate victims of Soviet deportations
People lit thousands of candles in four Estonian cities in remembrance of the victims of Soviet deportations.
Over 20,000 people, mostly women and children, were seized in a few days and dispatched to remote areas of Siberia on March 25, 1949.
Since 2010, one of the saddest days in Estonian history has been marked by lighting over 20,000 thousands of candles in landmarks all over the country. This year the candles were lit in the main squares of Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Rakvere.
The campaign was led by NGO Tulipisar, the Estonian Student Unions, the Estonian School Student Union and the Estonian National Youth Council.