The victims of Soviet deportations remembered in Estonia

On 25 March, twenty thousand candles, one for each of the men, women and children deported by the Soviets to Siberia in 1949, will be lighted in Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu. Nearly 3% of the Estonian population were seized in a few days and dispatched to remote areas of Siberia.*

In the summer of 1940 the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a result of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on 23 August 1939. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Estonia lost approximately 17.5% of its population.

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  1. Nathan Hale

    BREAKING NEWS: Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Massachusetts.

    National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently
    banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a
    Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement
    sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured
    before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas
    Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made
    up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax
    protest movement.

    Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism
    directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who
    described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an
    executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any
    individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts
    to secure law and order.

    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread
    refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed
    assault weapons.

    Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and
    ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting
    in early this month between government and military leaders
    at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of
    illegal arms.

    One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
    pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed
    had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their
    weapons voluntarily.”

    Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large
    supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops
    attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met
    with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been
    tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

    During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National
    Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government
    operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return
    to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot,
    which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

    Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces
    rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before
    order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding
    areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith,
    finding his forces over matched by the armed mob,
    ordered a retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/
    national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order.
    The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible
    for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

    Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have
    been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain
    at large.

    And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution
    began, April 20, 1775.

    History. Study it, or repeat it.


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