Prague, 15 June – On 14 June 1941, the first wave of mass deportations swept across the Soviet-occupied Baltic States, leading to the forced mass resettlement of tens of thousands of people. This was part of dozens of deportation campaigns that affected millions of people in the former Soviet Union and its satellite states.
On 15 June a commemorative event was held in front of the European Parliament in Solidarity Square in Brussels. The commemoration event was opened by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, and other representatives of the participating countries, European Parliament officials and Members of the European Parliament. The opening was followed by a solemn reading of the names of the deportees.
Today we remembered the hundreds of thousands of people from the Baltic States deported by the Soviet regime.
— David Sassoli (@EP_President) June 15, 2021
The commemoration was jointly organised by MEP Rasa Juknevičienė, together with members of the informal group of MEPs on European Memory, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, the Lithuanian Embassy in Belgium and the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union.