81st anniversary of mass deportations from the Baltic States by Soviet Union occupying forces 1941
Every year, around 14th June, Baltic communities all over the world commemorate mass-deportations from their homelands by occupying forces of the Soviet Union, to the Soviet gulag starting on the 14th of June, 1941 and continuing after WWII.
In Sydney, Australians of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian descent, from many areas, near and far, gather at the Latvian Centre in Strathfield to commemorate the genocide which befell their people. They invite Members of Parliament, civic and community leaders and friends to join them on this, the Baltic communities’ day of mourning and remembrance.
This year marks the 81st anniversary of the first forced mass-deportations of Baltic people by Soviet forces. The commemoration is particularly relevant in the light of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.