There is still work to be done

2018 is not a re-run of 1989, but there is a connection.

Standing on the rooftop of one of the buildings of Bratislava’s SNP Square on that mid-March Friday, watching the crowd of more than 60,000 from above, it was hard not to feel like I was witnessing a giant and very literal re-enactment of the 1989 Velvet Revolution (or Gentle Revolution, as Slovaks call it).

But it wouldn’t be right simply to equate 2018 and 1989. For instance, in 1989, going out to take part in a demonstration required a different kind of courage: protesters couldn’t be sure things would go well for them. The history of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, and for many of them also their own experience, had taught them that if the totalitarian regime prevailed, it would make them pay.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Vražda novinára Jána Kuciaka

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics
Ján Kuciak

Top stories

Curfew and closed schools. Slovakia goes into a mild lockdown this weekend

Nationwide testing will follow, accompanied by another curfew.

Nationwide testing - an ambitious plan with an uncertain result

Antigen tests to be used work on patients with symptoms.

Police arrest top special prosecutor, suspected of helping a mafia group

Dušan Kováčik is known for not filing any criminal lawsuits.

State prepared an €100-million injection for tourism

The sector hit hard by the coronavirus crisis should see money at the end of this year.

Illustrative stock photo