Velvet Revolution anniversary will be celebrated around Slovakia

The Government's Office will hold its own event. Gatherings on the squares will commemorate 30 years since the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia.

(Source: Sme/Jozef Jakubčo)

Two gatherings in two different Bratislava squares and two ceremonial events in one building. The government, opposition, NGOs and the For a Decent Slovakia movement are organising their own event to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which toppled the totalitarian regime of former Czechoslovakia. Some events are overlapping, the Sme daily reported.

The main event organised by the state on November 17, a national holiday, will be a memorial event in the new building of the Slovak National Theatre. The Government's Office under PM Peter Pellegrini has already invited Czech PM Andrej Babiš. The Slovak-born millionnaire is also featured on the list of collaborators of the communist-time secret service StB, Sme noted.

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