Czechs mark 25th anniversary of start of Velvet Revolution

Czechs this Monday are marking the 25th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution which toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Dozens of events and happenings are scheduled around the country, including the Czech capital, specifically on Wenceslas Square (where mass demonstrations in 1989 hastened the fall of the regime) and the avenue Narodní třída, the site of a memorial where police brutally cracked down on student demonstrators a quarter-century ago on November 17, 1989. The Velvet Revolution paved the way for Czechoslovakia to return within the fold of democratic European countries after more than 40 years of communist rule.

Author: Jan Velinger