Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak celebrations of the Velvet Revolution anniversary continue

Several hundred people gathered in front of the Slovak National Theatre on Hviezdoslavovo Square on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Many of them lit candles in front of the new monument called the Heart of Europe, a heart made of barbed wire, which symbolizes victims of the communist regime, the SITA newswire reported.

Several hundred people gathered in front of the Slovak National Theatre on Hviezdoslavovo Square on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Many of them lit candles in front of the new monument called the Heart of Europe, a heart made of barbed wire, which symbolizes victims of the communist regime, the SITA newswire reported.

The leader of the major opposition party, Mikuláš Dzurinda, told SITA that citizens should commemorate those people who were killed, imprisoned and persecuted under the communist regime. He indirectly reacted to the statement of Prime Minister Robert Fico in London who said that the then-revolutionary leaders in November 1989 were driven also by ulterior motives. Dzurinda called on citizens not to pay attention to such words as he considers them to be an attempt to divert attention from the heart of the matter.

Dzurinda explained why the opposition did not celebrate the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with the ruling coalition MPs. In his opinion, it would be similar to fascists organizing celebrations of the anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising, indicating that the current Prime Minister was a member of the Communist Party at that time.

In reaction to the statements of Prime Minister, who claims that he had not noticed the events in November 1989, the leader of another opposition party, SMK’s Pál Csáky, said that if there had been no Velvet Revolution twenty years ago, the Prime Minister of the Slovak government in 2009 would have probably been "a young, hard-working communist, whose name would have been Robert Fico". SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

LGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s minds

Bratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions,…

Slovakia’s LGBTI community seeks to expand their rights.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Blog: 5 things you should do on your visit to the north of Slovakia Photo

Here is a list of tips by an experienced tour guide - including things you have probably not tried before.

Bratislava growing high Photo

High-rise buildings sprouting up in Bratislava

Visualisation of the future skyline of Bratislava