Monday, December 14, 2009

Freedom Monument Shines, At Last, Kinda Sorta

Estonia's 100-million kroon Freedom Monument, the lighting system which has been broken since shortly after its summer christening, is now working. Sort of. "We've got a soldier at the top with a candle," said the project's champion, Defense Minister Jaak Aaviksoo, "and he stands a two-hour watch until he's relieved. The flame of freedom does indeed burn in Estonia."

True to the minister's word, there was a faint light visible near the top of the monument, though critics claim to have seen no soldiers. "It's just as likely a city employee is lighting up a spliff," said St. John's church janitor Janno Jumal whose church is located 25 meters from the monument.

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