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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 THE VELVET REVOLUTION Czechoslovakia IN 1990, CZECHOSLOVAKIA HELD ITS FIRST DEMOCRATIC ELECTION SINCE 1946 1 week after the Berlin wall fell, Czechoslovak riot police brutally suppressed the studentpro-democracy protest, causing massive public outrage. 1 week later, the amount of protesters grew to an unprecedented half million. 75% of the country's entire population went on strike. 2 2 hours was the length of the entire general strike before the Communist leadership stepped down. Two weeks after that, the first non-Communist government was sworn in and a dissident leader,the playwright Vaclav Havel, was made president. - VACLAV HAVEL BEFORE RESPONSE THE END TO 41 YEARS OF AUTHORITARIAN COMMUNIST RULE November 1989-December 1989 4 I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where wordscan prove mightier than ten military divisions. years later the country split into two parts (The Czech Republic and Slovakia) also done peacefully. CHANGE On November 16, 1989,students organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of Bratislava. Campaigners sought an end to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, as well as an end to communist rule. They demanded an end to state-mandated censorship and the set up of free elections. In response, the Communist government continued to declare that socialism was the only acceptable system. However, general strike protestations caused a much greater effect. After the strike, the prime minister agreed to form a new coalition government. In early December, Gustav Husak appointed the firstlargely non-Communist government in Czechoslovakia since 1948, and eventually resigned.
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