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.

Painter and illustrator Miroslav Cipár died at the age of 86 on November 8, 2021.
Painter Miroslav Cipár, who was born in northern Slovakia, died early November. Peter Getting18. Nov 2021, at 10:21
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In the recent Czech election, voters finally turfed the Communist Party out of parliament. Yet 32 years after the fall of communism, its legacy still casts a long shadow over the former Czechoslovakia. 16. Nov 2021, at 8:00
Eugen Gindl
He was also a journalist and writer. 15. Nov 2021, at 11:36
Vladimír Savčinský.
One of the organisers of the Velvet Revolution in Bardejov reminisces about November 1989. Peter Kováčik17. Nov 2020, at 13:50
President Zuzana Čaputová
President Zuzana Čaputová addressed the nation on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. 16. Nov 2020, at 21:06
Eva Putzova
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The For a Decent Slovakia protest gathering in Bratislava in 2019.
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Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova
Authors Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova were born behind the Iron Curtain but raised in a free world. 1. Feb 2020, at 16:44
President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square.
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
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November 17, 1989 was all about giving another chance to dreams stolen in 1948 and 1968. Andrea Sadloňová18. Nov 2019, at 14:38
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.
How I ran for Mária Rozmaňová who was killed on the border in 1952. 18. Nov 2019, at 14:16
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová is seen more trustworthy than her Czech counterpart Miloš Zeman, a Czech survey found in November 2019
Politicians celebrated 30 years of freedom, too. 18. Nov 2019, at 13:06
The organisers and participants stressed the importance of the 2020 general election. 17. Nov 2019, at 20:20
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Velvet Revolution Square 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. 16. Nov 2019, at 15:48
A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.
But it has taken us a long time to learn this lesson. 16. Nov 2019, at 13:00
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.
Day-by-day overview of the fall of totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia. Sme and 1 more15. Nov 2019, at 12:00
November 21 gathering of students at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
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
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