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Velvet Revolution

On November 17, Slovakia and the Czech Republic mark 30 years since the Velvet Revolution, a wave of demonstrations that toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1989.

How we stopped being comrades

Freedom is not a birthright. No generation receives freedom ready-made and perfect: pre-prepared for consumption.Beata Balogová, 6. Apr 2020, at 13:29

The For a Decent Slovakia protest gathering in Bratislava in 2019.

Book about communist Czechoslovakia honours the Slovak journey

Authors Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova were born behind the Iron Curtain but raised in a free world.Anna Fay, 1. Feb 2020, at 16:44

Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova

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.Zuzana Čaputová18. Nov 2019, at 15:10

President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square.

Blog: 30 years after the Velvet Revolution, we still haven't found a Slovak original

November 17, 1989 was all about giving another chance to dreams stolen in 1948 and 1968.Andrea Sadloňová18. Nov 2019, at 14:38

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Crossing the Slovak-Austrian border has never become a matter of course for me

How I ran for Mária Rozmaňová who was killed on the border in 1952.Jana Liptáková, 18. Nov 2019, at 14:16

About 50 people ran on November 17 to commemorate the 42 people who were killed at the Iron Curtain between former Czechoslovakia and Austria in their attempts to flee the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in 1948-1989.
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Čaputová on the anniversary: Democracy is an opportunity

Politicians celebrated 30 years of freedom, too.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Nov 2019, at 13:06

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová is seen more trustworthy than her Czech counterpart Miloš Zeman, a Czech survey found in November 2019
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For a Decent Slovakia gathering: The legacy of November 1989 lives on

The organisers and participants stressed the importance of the 2020 general election.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Nov 2019, at 20:20

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Freedom can be lost democratically, from the inside

Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy?Beata Balogová, 17. Nov 2019, at 18:46

Velvet Revolution Square takes its place in Bratislava

Part of SNP Square, where mass rallies against the communist regime took place 30 years ago, has been named after the Velvet Revolution.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Nov 2019, at 15:48

Velvet Revolution Square in Bratislava
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1989 taught us that we the people are powerful

But it has taken us a long time to learn this lesson.Michaela Terenzani, 16. Nov 2019, at 13:00

A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.

How the Velvet Revolution happened (timeline)

Day-by-day overview of the fall of totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia.Sme, UPN15. Nov 2019, at 12:00

December 9, 1989 in Bratislava.  Emigrants like the secretary general of the World Congress of Slovaks, Dušan Tóth, Czech singer Karel Kryl and mime Milan Sládek attended.
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I was in the frontline because it reflected what I felt inside

One of the leaders of the 1989 student movement, Anton Popovič, remembers the fall of the totalitarian regime.Anton Popovič15. Nov 2019, at 12:00

November 21 gathering of students at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
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The Velvet Revolution embodies a peaceful change

Professor Ľubica Lacinová remembers her life before and after 1989.Peter Dlhopolec, 14. Nov 2019, at 16:26

A total of 11 hand-written large-format banners are placed on the facade of the Esterházy Palace of the Slovak National Gallery (SNG)in Bratislava in November 2019. They were created by Tomáš Gažovič as part of a digital project entitled Time-Description 1989 (Čas-opis 1989) and dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
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1989: I knew immediately that Sľúbili sme si lásku would be a hit

People in the streets weren’t damaged by the regime; it rather annoyed, tired and disgusted them, said the singer songwriter of the 1989 revolution anthem.Matúš Krčmárik14. Nov 2019, at 10:20

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The concentration of the automotive industry is now the Achilles’ heel of Slovakia

Former NBS governor Vladimir Masár was one of the people who facilitated Slovakia’s transition to a market economy.Jana Liptáková, 12. Nov 2019, at 13:31

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Prague was supposed to be a quiet posting when I arrived in 1987

A Canadian diplomat thinks back to his time in Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution.Anna Fay, 11. Nov 2019, at 19:19

Guimond regularly attended demonstrations in Prague. This one took place in January 1989.
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Slovaks live better now than before 1989, statistics show

But many people still yield to myths about the communist regime and nostalgia.Jana Liptáková, 11. Nov 2019, at 12:27

The range of products at shops during the previous regime was significantly smaller than it is today.

Paneláky are an irony of history

Many older Slovaks are nostalgic of the job security and the flats they got “from the state for free” before 1989.Anca Dragu, 11. Nov 2019, at 11:44

More than 100 events will commemorate the Velvet Revolution

Project creators renamed revolution as evolution.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Nov 2019, at 11:02

Exhibition in Bratislava
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Slovakia has found the cure for the first populist power grab

When the people experience that they can win over anti-democratic forces on their own without help from outside, then it fortifies their immune reactions.Michaela Terenzani, 7. Nov 2019, at 8:00

One of the 1989 Velvet Revolution protest gatherings in Bratislava.