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The Velvet Revolution

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Bailey Duran

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Transcript of The Velvet Revolution

The Fall of the
Berlin wall In Czechoslovakia Soviet union Encouraging global
events Background The Revolution By Addisyn Gibson
& Bailey Duran The Velvet Revolution Tank Man Conclusion What started out as a student led protest in Prague, quickly turned into a non-violet revolution for the people of Czechoslovakia. Through peaceful demonstrations, Czechoslovakians found the strength to rise against the oppressive control of the Soviet Union, and over time, The Velvet Revolution became known as an inspiration for reform and change. Through this, The Velvet Revolution took less than 10 days to complete and the people of Czechoslovakia were able to become two nations; separating two ethnicities that have been forced together for more than 50 years. Thesis The velvet revolution was an important turning point for the Czechoslovakians, leading away from the years of strict control of the Soviet Union to an extreme change of a more democratic and free system. This was achieved through a peaceful student-led 10 day revolution. Tank Man was the nickname of an anonymous man who stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks after the Chinese military removed protestors from in and around Beijing in 1989. He received a global reaction inspiring people everywhere to take a stand. The wall known as the “iron Curtain” separating east and west Germany, was finally able to be crossed on November 9th, 1989. Making way for other countries to take a stand. Beginning in 1948, The country was ruled by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. It also belonged to the Eastern Bloc, and was a part of the Warsaw pact. Symbols Jingling Keys Hand signs "Victory" Velvet Velvet its smooth, and
the revolution was known for being "smooth" Timeline November, 1989 November 22- Vaclav Havel goes to a crowd of 20,000 from a balcony over Wencelas Square. December 10- Vaclav Havel is nominated for president. November 17- The peaceful student led protest is violently disrupted by the police. November 19- Vaclav Havel creates the Civic Forum November 21- Prime Minister, Adamec, meets with the Civic Forum. November 26- Prime Minister Adamec, meets with Havel in front of an audience of one million at Letna Plain. Adamec is booed until he is forced to retreat. December 7- Adamec resigns as Prime Minister. December 29- Havel is unanimously elected President of Czechoslovakia by the parliament. Vaclav Havel November 17th The revolution began with a yearly gathering in the streets of Prague, to honor a student who lit himself on fire in protest. When the students began to take their march farther with peace offerings for authorities, they were violently stopped, but their actions were not. Protesting "I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions." He was the inspiration and playwright for the revolution. He was sent to jail because he spoke against the government, but was still one of the key factors in the revolution. He later became president of Czechoslovakia.
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