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ROAD TO DEMOCRACY CZECH REPUBLIC. THE VELVET REVOLUTION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA. a non-violent revolution from 17 November to 29 December 1989 one of the most important of the 1989 r evolutions . its symbol – jingling of the keys (meaning that new doors for the nation are being unlocked)

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the velvet revolution in czechoslovakia
THE VELVET REVOLUTION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA
  • a non-violent revolution from 17November to 29December 1989
  • one of the most important of the 1989 revolutions
  • its symbol – jingling of the keys (meaning that new doors for the nation are being unlocked)
  • lead to the downfall of socialism in Czechoslovakia
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MAINEVENTS OF THE VELVET REVOLUTION

17 November – police supress a peaceful student demonstration in Prague

27 November– a two-hour general strike

10 December– President Gustav Husák appoints a non-communist government (the first one since 1948) and resigns

28 December– Václav Havel is elected as the new president of Czechoslovakia

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June 1990 – the first democratic elections since 1948 legitimizethenew government
  • 31 December 1992–non-violent dissolution of Czechoslovakia (the so-called Velvet divorce)
  • 1 January 1993– independent Czech Republic and Slovakia are formed
positive results

freedom of travel

freedom of speech

freedom of trade

wider variety of products on the market

easier access to some products

POSITIVERESULTS

NEGATIVE

RESULTS

  • dissolution of Czechoslovakia
  • increased national debt
  • much fewersocial guarantees
  • unemployment
  • increased price of some products