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Minister of Defence Luik participates in memorial service commemorating Soviet Deportations
Minister of Defence Luik participates in memorial service commemorating Soviet Deportations.
Wednesday, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik participated in the memorial ceremony at the Maarjamäe Memorial, in commemoration of the March Soviet Deportations, and laid a wreath at the Monument of the Estonian Officers.
Minister of Defence Luik noted that we must also remember the most painful moments in the history of the Estonian state to understand the price of our homeland, which today seems to be self-evidently ours and free.
‘We must never forget or shy away from the fact that nearly four-fifths of those who were deported were women and children,' said Luik. He added that it was the rural households in particular who helped the Forest Brothers (resistance movement), which meant that the deportation of rural households also gave a painful blow to armed resistance. ‘It was difficult for the Forest Brothers to act without the food and moral support,’ said Luik.
According to the Minister of Defence, we must also honour the 801 officers and military officials who fell victim to Soviet terror, most of whom also participated in the War of Independence.
From March 25–27, 1949, mass deportations carried out by the Soviet security organs saw more than 20,000 people from Estonia transported to northern Kazakhstan and the Novosibirsk, Omsk and Irkutsk oblasts, and the Krasnoyarsk Krai, in Siberia.