Transformation of the 18th of November

November 23 Thursday


November 23, 2017, 17.00


Popular Front Museum, Vecpilsētas iela 13/15, Rīga



Discussion with contemporary witnesses about the protests in 1987 and the celebration of the Independence Day on the 18th of November.

Also available in Deutsch

On the 14th and the 23rd of August 1987, the Group Helsinki–86 organized protests at the Freedom Monument in Riga. On the 19th of November, the Soviet army prevented people from laying down flowers at the Freedom Monument. Nevertheless, the national resistance grew stronger and in 1988 the Independence Day was celebrated once again at the Freedom Monument – on the 18th of October.

During the discussion of the Popular Front Museum, witnesses will talk about their emotions during these years.

Participants are Edgars Engīzers, former chairman of the Union of Latvians in the USA, Uldis Grava, member of the New Yorker Group of the Latvian Popular Front, Pāvils Brūveris, former employee of Radio Free Europe, and Monika Zīle, former editor of the newspaper "Soviet Youth" and later the newspaper "The Women of Soviet Latvia".

The discussion will be moderated by Dainis Īvāns and will be held in Latvian.

Contact person

Agnese Kubliņa

Research Assistant

Agnese Kubliņa
Phone +371 67 331-297
Fax +371 67 331-297
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ русский