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AlbizuX Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:30 AM
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Anyone know about this "Velvet Revolution"
http://www.velvetrevolution.us /

The last two posts in the Brad Blog have mentioned more information about the "Velvet Revolution", and he's been rather mysterious and vague about it.

Anyone got any info on what this website represents?
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:36 AM
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1. No links except to e-mail. Nothing beyond the home page.
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 08:36 AM by blondeatlast
Nothing to see now, apparently.
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mattclearing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:43 AM
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2. Sounds like a publication. n/t
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:50 AM
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3. from Wikipedia:
The "Velvet Revolution" (Czech: sametov revoluce, Slovak: nen revolcia) (November 16 - December 29 1989) refers to a bloodless revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist government there.

It started on November 16, 1989 with a peaceful student demonstration in Bratislava. One day later, on November 17, 1989, another peaceful student demonstration in Prague was severely beaten back by the communist riot police. That event sparked a set of popular demonstrations from November 19 to late December, and a general two-hour strike of the population on November 27. By November 20 the number of peaceful protestors assembled in Prague swelled from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million. With other communist regimes falling all around it, and with growing street protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced on November 28 they would give up their monopoly on political power. Barbed wire was removed from the border with West Germany and Austria on December 5. On December 10, the Communist President Gustv Husk appointed the first largely non-communist government in Czechoslovakia since 1948, and resigned. Alexander Dubček was elected speaker of the federal parliament on December 28 and Vclav Havel the President of Czechoslovakia on December 29 1989.

As one of the results of the Velvet revolution, the first democratic elections since 1946 held in June 1990, brought the first completely non-communist government to Czechoslovakia in over forty years.

The term was invented by a journalist after the events, caught on in media and eventually in Czechoslovakia itself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvet_Revolution
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:52 AM
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4. Thanks! Lord knows it worked. nt
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:57 AM
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5. I highly recommend everyone read Havel's essays
They emphasize dissident resistance to a morally bankrupt, totalitarian regime. "Living in Truth" is the name of a collection of his essays; just substitute Communist with Bushevik and it's as though he's writing now about our situation.
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