Prague #2

Prague Protest

No celebrations of the Velvet Revolution are scheduled this year. It was the twenty- first anniversary; larger celebrations marking the fall of communism were made the previous year. Rather than celebrations, there was a protest. Two fringe parties worked together to form a parliamentary city government while the citizens found it unconscionable that the two extreme parties have reached this impossible agreement. A crowd of nearly 1000 citizens joined in Wenceslas Square engaging in debate and free political expression. The media was there also exercising it’s right. It is an ironic coincidence that this democratic protest occured on the anniversary of the fall of communism. During communism, these acts would have been met with heavy-handed government action.

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Prague #1

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Day 1- Praha
A short walk, a moderate bus ride and then three Metro stops and we found ourselves in the middle of the center city and old town Prague. The cobble stone streets, many of which are closed to traffic, form a complex maze around the Charles Bridge, old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The square was the site of the 1989 velvet revolution, a ten-day period that marked the transit from communism to capitalism. The city was alive; people were out and about enjoying the unseasonably warm, about 60F, November evening.

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