Prague Twin

Friday, November 17, 2006

On This Day in History

17 years ago today, in 1989, Czech students took to the streets of Prague demanding truth, openess, and freedom from the oppressive communist state. In typical totalitarian fashion, the government ordered the the police to confine the marchers to a certain area, near Národní Třída, where a confrontation became inevitable. Several students were beaten severely, but instead of scaring the people into submission, this enfuriated the general public, and a general strike ensued.

This was the beginning of weeks of demonstrations which led to the fall of the communist regime and the election of Václav Havel as the new president two months later.

The students were right, and they had the courage to stand up to the oppression of the government. We must always listen to what the young are saying because they usually have a clear perspective, unclouded by the years and the biases that the older generations suffer from.

Long live freedom!

4 Comments:

  • "We must always listen to what the young are saying because they usually have a clear perspective, unclouded by the years and the biases that the older generations suffer from".

    What about the biases they receive from their "educators"?

    Lets follow the ideas of the young people of say perhaps,,,, Palastien.

    By Anonymous Arch Stanton, at 2:54 PM  

  • Happy Anniversary. That's a date worth remembering.

    By Anonymous Tom Harper, at 6:05 AM  

  • Brave students. I am always amazed by the actions of "everyday" people

    By Blogger GraemeAnfinson, at 7:08 PM  

  • Long live the Velvet Revolution!

    By Blogger Roger Fraley, at 7:06 PM  

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