By Khmer Democrat, Phnom Penh
Expanding our Mind Series
Real life encouragement and examples for our Cambodian students, labor unions and 13.8 million freedom-loving population. There's also an example for our Dictator Hun Sen to emulate.
The Velvet Revolution (November 17 – December 29, 1989) was a non-violent revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the authoritarian government.
On November 17, 1989, a Friday, riot police suppressed a peaceful student demonstration in Prague. That event sparked a series of popular demonstrations from November 19 to late December.
Eleven days after the initial student protest, on November 28, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakian announced it would relinquish power and dismantle the single-party state. 12 days later on December 10, President Gustáv Husák appointed the first largely non-communist government in Czechoslovakia in over 40 years, and then resigned [Dictator Hun Sen, here's an example to follow.]
One symbolic element of the demonstrations of the Velvet Revolution was the jingling of keys, to symbolize the unlocking of doors.
Václav Havel (born 5 October 1936 in Czechoslovakia) is a Czech playwright, essayist, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last president of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003).
For more information, see Velvet Revolution at Wikipedia, inter alia.