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They were mainly prosperous peasants, intellectuals and others that Moscow viewed as hostile to communism and Soviet rule in Latvia.
In the coming years the homes and farms of these deported Latvians were taken over by Soviet citizens brought in from other Soviet republics and collectivized.
Although several people were killed, the barricades held and pro-democracy forces prevailed to restore full independence in August 1991.
Although Latvia declared its independence in 1918, it wasn’t until 1921 that the Entente countries, the victors in the First World War, recognised the independent Republic of Latvia.
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While Whitsunday is generally associated with Christian religious practices, in Latvia it also includes earlier pre-Christian Latvian traditions.
About 200 000 Latvian soldiers were compelled to serve in the military forces of both occupying states, and approximately half of them (100 000) died while hoping to restore Latvia’s independence.
One of Latvia’s greatest achievements since the restoration of the independence in 1991, was to become a member of the European Union in 2004.
Thus, on January 26th, the leading world powers granted Latvia full recognition as an equal subject of international law.
On this day in 1949 (see also June 14), the Soviet occupation regime deported over 43 000 people from Latvia to Siberia.In response, people from all over Latvia brought trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment to Rīga to build barricades around the government buildings and parliament.