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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