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Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrate anniversary of Velvet Revolution

In November 1989, police dispersed a student rally.

Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrate anniversary of Velvet Revolution

Today, the Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, when the protest on International Students' Day resulted in clashes with the police and ended with the fall of communism in the country.

According to Radio Svoboda, in Prague, Bratislava and other cities there will be held funeral ceremonies. Politicians, public figures and ordinary citizens will lay flowers and place candles in the places associated with the events of November 1989.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will take part in the unveiling of Vaclav Havel's monument, the leader of the Velvet Revolution, the former President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.

It is to be recalled that in 1993 the Czech Republic and Slovakia have experienced the so-called Velvet Divorce, becoming two separate states.

In the Czech Republic November 17 is officially called Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day. In Slovakia, where the majority of the population is also positively evaluated the events of 25 years ago, this holiday is called Day of Struggle against Totalitarianism.