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1989 Revisited: 16th-17th November, Protests start in Czechoslovakia November 17, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

On the eve of International Students Day (the 50th anniversary of Sonderaktion Prag, the 1939 storming of Prague universities by the Nazis), Slovak high school and university students organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Bratislava. The Communist Party of Slovakia had expected trouble, and the mere fact that the demonstration was organised was viewed as a problem by the Party. Armed forces were put on alert before the demonstration. In the end, however, the students moved through the city peacefully and sent a delegation to the Slovak Ministry of Education to discuss their demands.

On the 17th November, Czechoslovakian student Communist organisation demonstration turns into protest

The Socialist Union of Youth (SSM/SZM, proxy of Communist Party of Czechoslovakia) organised a mass demonstration on 17 November to commemorate International Students Day and the fiftieth anniversary of the murder of student Jan Opletal[6] by the Nazi government.[5]

By 16:00, about 15,000 people joined the demonstration. They walked (per the strategy of founders of Stuha movement, Jiří Dienstbier and Šimon Pánek) to Karel Hynek Mácha’s grave at Vyšehrad Cemetery and — after the official end of the march — continued into the centre of Prague,[7] carrying banners and chanting anti-Communist slogans.

This resulted in attacks by security forces which in turn led to strikes by students and actors.


1. tafkaGW - November 18, 2019

Meanwhile, in the here and now, 200,000 people, organised by A Million Moments for Democracy, assembled in Prague this Saturday to call for the overthrow of oligarchic rule (in this case a capitalist rather than a Leninist version).

They are calling for Andrej Babiš, the prime minister, to either genuinely divest from his business interests and sack the justice minister, or resign.


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