Matt Hefler Presents: On This Day October 9, 1988

On this day (October 9th) in 1988: Latvian activists make ‘unprecedented’ demands on the leadership of the Soviet Union, including the right to self-determination. The cries were led by the Latvian Popular Front (the Latvijas Tautas Fronte or LTF). The group was a clear indication of desire among some Latvians for greater self-expression in the context of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of perestroika.

See the BBC for a useful timeline putting next actions towards Latvian independence in context.