Ilves urges Estonians be active in maintaining their freedom
On the anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence on August 20, 1991, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has warned that freedom can be lost quietly if it is seen as a state of being that does not require action.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR published on Monday, August 20, remarks made by the former long-time Estonian President on his Facebook page in Estonian on the event of the key anniversary. «If we remain quiet as we see others losing their freedom, then we have forgotten what it was like when others were quiet elsewhere as we lost our own freedom,» warned Ilves.
He continued: «What is going on in many countries has demonstrated that inciting mistrust in politicians, journalism, and the justice system will result in the destruction of a trust-based civil society, growth in intolerance and the decline of freedom,»
Finally, the former Estonian President suggested: «Freedom is not a state of being, but rather a will and action. Let us know not to forfeit this ability to desire freedom; rather, let us know to keep and cultivate it.»
Kersti Kaljulaid, the current President of Estonia, has in her speech at the occasion of the restoration of Estonian independence pointed to the importance of residents engaging in the political process and the discussion with politicians on the best possible common future. Regarding the political season until the 2019 Estonian parliamentary election she urged to remember, how active people were during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
«Back then we had the strength to engage in politics– to engage with the entire nation and to pursue complex political activity. In much more complicated conditions then what we have today,» reads the speech of Kaljulaid published on the web site of the Estonian President.