Nov 17, 2021
The Velvet Revolution was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia, occurring from 17 November to 29 December 1989. Extremely popular demonstrations to overthrow the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
On 17 November 1989 riot police suppressed a student demonstration in Prague. The event marked the 50th anniversary of a violently suppressed demonstration against the Nazi storming of Prague University in 1939 where 1,200 students were arrested and 9 killed. The 1989 event sparked a series of demonstrations from 17 November to late December and turned into an anti-communist demonstration.
Today, 17th Nov, marks 32 years of the Velvet Revolution, a hugely defining moment in the history of the creation of the Czech Republic. The Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Chennai takes this opportunity to convey our best wishes to all Czech citizens.