Velvet Revolution

Velvet Revolution After the failure of the Prague Spring, many Czechoslovaks held doubts about the possibility of revolution, but as events starting in with Solidarity in Gdansk and continuing in the other Bloc countries seemed hopeful, the ten days revolution in Czechoslovakia became inevitable (November 17 -27 1989). On the first day of the revolution, a peaceful student demonstration began in Prague. Every day afterwards until the end of December brought more protests with more people participating. A general two-hour strike that involved all citizens of Czechoslovakia was held on November 27. After that, demonstrations were being held almost daily in Prague Wenceslas Square. On November 28 the Communist Party agreed to give up their monopoly on political power. On December 10, Communist President Gustav Husak appointed the first largely non-communist government since 1948, and resigned. Alexander Dubcek was elected speaker of the federal parliament on December 28 and Václac Havel became the first president of a free Czechoslovakia since 1948 on December 29, 1989. With Havel as president, the students ended their strike.

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