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The Czech Republic celebrated 20 years of democracy

The Czech Republic’s 20 years of democracy was celebrated with two social and cultural events in Ulaanbaatar at Sky Plaza on November 16 and November 19 with a reminder of what became known as ‘velvet revolution, Democracy National Day, November 17.

The Czech Republic’s 20 years of democracy was celebrated with two social and cultural events in Ulaanbaatar at Sky Plaza on November 16 and November 19 with a reminder of what became known as ‘velvet revolution, Democracy National Day, November 17.

The Czech Embassy organized ‘Struggle for Freedom’ and ‘Democracy National Day’ and invited various journalists and media experts to a screening of the documentary movie ‘The Velvet Revolution’ named after the non-violent movement. The movie compiled archive materials, providing an authentic touch of the revolutionary enthusiasm, anxiety and unity.

Political, diplomatic and Czech Studies field guests inspected a collage of photographs, ‘1989 As Seen by Photographers’, whose originals were exhibited at the Old Town Hall in Prague on November 18. The exhibition covered the year 1989 – the numerous suppressed demonstrations, the mass exodus of Germans from the GDR via Prague to the West, the fall of the Berlin Wall as a symbol of the Iron Curtain, and the Prague Velvet Revolution itself.

All materials used were provided and financed by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The former Czechoslovakia was liberated to democracy on November 16, 1989, after years of experienced Nazism and Communism, Czech students who staged a demonstration in Prague led the passage to democracy. Actors, artists, the intelligentsia and blue-collar workers joined them while across the county, people took to the streets and squares resolved to do away with the hated totalitarian regime.

 

The Ambassador Václav Jílek at the "Velvet Revolution's" 20th anniversary