March that sparked Velvet Revolution re-created in Prague
The people of the Czech Republic have been marking the 20th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution, which led to the collapse of the country’s Communist government after over four decades of repression. The main event on Tuesday was the re-enactment in Prague of the student demonstration that sparked those changes in 1989.
On Tuesday, now a national holiday for the Czechs, a march was held along the same route as 1989’s demonstration to commemorate the events of 20 years ago. The re-enactment was organised by the NGO Opona, which is headed by David Gaydečka.
Kateřina: “Because our parents fought for us, and not only them but also politicians, so I think it’s very important not to forget.”
“Experts call this being a roadie…But of course I haven’t just been a guitar carrier for the last 20 years, I’ve also been a citizen, and as a citizen I rely on you.”
The former president then handed that guitar to another special guest, Joan Baez, who performed a rousing rendition of the protest song We Shall Overcome.