What the president said about the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Someone attempted to shake the foundations and we are still able to argue about ornaments. Read the whole speech of President Zuzana Čaputová.

President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square.President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square. (Source: TASR)

Dear guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to be able to speak to the audience that has gathered in the Slovak National Theatre tonight.

I can see the faces of people whom I remember from 30 years ago, when I, as a student, followed the events of November 1989. I remember you from your public speeches, I saw you on pictures from those frosty days. I am pleased that I can say November was the merit of the personalities gathered here tonight.

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Yes, the fall of the regime introduced by a Communist coup and that only remained in power thanks to the tanks that arrived in August 1968 is also thanks to you. And even though the regime made a tragicomic impression at the end of its days, we should never forget the fact that it took the lives of more than 5,000 people in Czechoslovakia.

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