1991 Janvāris Latvija


1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991



Title: 1991 Janvāris Latvija

Photographer(s): Various photographers

Writer(s): Leon Briedis, Janis Stradin̦š

Designer(s): Ingrida Zabere

Publisher(s): Latvijas Kultūras Fonds, Riga, Latvia

Year: 1991

Print run:

Language(s): Latvian, English, Russian

Pages: 180

Size: 17 x 25 cm

Binding: Hardvover

Edition:

Print: Rigas paraugtipografija, Riga, Latvia

Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Latvia, 1991

ISBN:




1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

1991 Janvāris Latvija  photo book  various photographers  revolution Latvia 1991

Riga, January 2, 1991 -At the "request" of the Comunist Party of Latvia, a special forces unit of the Soviet Interior Ministry (OMON, the Black Berets) occupies the Riga Press Building. This occupation signal the first concrete steps by the Soviets to muzzle the Baltic press. As the week progresses, the Soviet military machine continues to assert itself with increasing aggressiveness.

January 14th- over half a million people turn out in Riga for a pro-independence rally. People spontaneously begin building barricades in the old city , where the Supreme Council and radio station are located.Old doors, metal beds, sinks and barbed wire fences go up around these and other strategic buildings in the city. Farmers drive in from the countryside with their trucks and heavy machinery, to strengthen the barricades already being erected.

Latvia assumes the paradoxical status of an occupied country fearing a reoccupation by its occupiers.

The week of the barricade has come and gone, remaining only in peoples' memories. But memories fade with time. This photo chronicle is a visual testimony, a reminder to future generations of the events which occurred in January, 1991 in Latvia's capital city.







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