16 November 2009


Twenty years of freedom--kind of. Democracy is still a developing  story.

Demonstrations in Czechoslovakia
(November 16, 1989)
Students demonstrate in Bratislava, and in Prague the following day.
The police react with brutality.
These events sparked nationwide protest, called the Velvet Revolution.
Playwrite and leading dissadent, Vaclav Havel becomes president in December.

Most news coverage just gets it wrong. The fall of communism for Czechoslovakia started in Bratislava, not Prague in Wenceslas Square--that was the next day.

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