On January 13, 1991, at least 14 unarmed activists were killed in clashes in Vilnius as Soviet troops cracked down on pro-independence demonstrators. Lithuania had declared independence in 1990. RFE/RL reports that marches, rallies, church services, and other events are being held across the country to mark Lithuania's Freedom Defenders' Day - and that 'Lithuania has outstanding international arrest warrants for some 80 people who they believe were soldiers and officers of the Soviet Army involved in the clashes.'
Source: 'Lithuania Marks Soviet Crackdown Of Pro-Independence Rally,' RFE/RL, 13 January 2016
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