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.

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
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The For a Decent Slovakia protest gathering in Bratislava in 2019.
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Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova
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President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square.
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Illustrative stock photo
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
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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.
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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
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
Professor Ľubica Lacinová remembers her life before and after 1989. 14. Nov 2019, at 16:26
Ivan Hoffman
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
Vladimír Masár
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Guimond regularly attended demonstrations in Prague. This one took place in January 1989.
A Canadian diplomat thinks back to his time in Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution. 11. Nov 2019, at 19:19