Prague marks Velvet Revolution





Czechs and Slovaks are marking the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution - which brought down the Communist government of the then-Czechoslovakia.

Past and present students will re-enact a Prague march that started the events.

The Communist Party announced it would relinquish power after hundreds of thousands demonstrated for 12 days.

The dissident playwright Vaclav Havel, who led the revolution before becoming president, is to attend a Prague rock concert as part of the celebrations.

Students are gathering in Prague's Albertov district - home to several faculties of Charles University - to retrace the steps of a march on 17 November 1989 that changed the course of Czechoslovak history.


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