The Declaration of Independence is read out loud in Pärnu

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23. February 1918

On the afternoon of February 22, members of Pärnu's Executive Committee and the Red Guard evacuated to Tallinn, power went to the III Battalion of 2. Estonian Division.


Even though the Salvation Committee did not make it to Haapsalu, an official of the county government, Jaan Soob, managed to take the manifest to Pärnu and on February 23, 1918, member of the Land Council read it out loud for the first time from the balcony of "Endla" theater to the crowd. (see image)

The opportunity to declare the independence of Estonia in the capital city arrived on the following day.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Õie Elango, Ants Ruusmann ja Karl Siilivask. Eesti maast ja rahvast: Maailmasõjast maailmasõjani. Tallinn: Olion, 1998
Eesti ajalugu: kronoloogia. Tallinn: Olion, 2007
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                  Image source: http://www.andreas-praefcke.de/carthalia/europe/images/ew_paernu_endla_old.jpg  http://www.parnumaa.ee/typo3temp/pics/a1c2d0ebbe.jpg


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