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Svobodne Slovo was the newspaper used by the socialists, although it was the only resource people could find which dealt with real information by the media. Every other media outlet was controlled by the leading communist party and were specifically…

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On November 17th, 1989, police beat men, women, and children as they held a peaceful protest to commemorate the death of a student fifty years prior during the Nazi occupation. They gave flowers to the police, lit candles, and jangled their keys as…

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The Civic Forum was created on November 19th, 1989, a day after Martin Smid was rumored to be dead. Posters like this emphasize how many people began to support the forum and the type of support is gained very quickly in Czechoslovakia.

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This image shows protesters on November 20th. The famous statue in Wenceslas Square is shown in the background as people gather in the foreground to show their support for the Civic Forum and the supposedly dead Martin Smid. Candles were set up as…

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These men and women were protesting during the General Strike on November 27th. There is a certain sense of connected-ness here, as they are all holding hands, smiling, and appear to be euphoric in their actions. After many years, they found the…

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The above political cartoon depicts the news situation with Martin Smid after he was tracked down by the government and put on television. He, like many other students who participated in the November 17th demonstration, is shown to be injured in…

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This image depicts a woman and a man holding up the sign they have made for strikes. During these 10 days of revolution, people were striking consistantly and constantly. It was sometimes spontaneous and sometimes planned, but every day following…

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This image shows a nonviolent protest occurring during the Velvet Revolution. The small figure of the protester is contrasted with the large and imposing line of riot police, holding shields as if to ward off the meager candles she places.

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On a balcony overlooking Wenceslas Square, Vaclav Havel is shown smiling and looking down at the crowd below. He and the others behind him are showing two fingers, and appear to be more jubilant and euphoric. In the first two days of the revolution,…

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This demonstration was one of the largest to occur following the 17th, happening just before the General Strike the day after. In the photograph, Vaclav Havel is in the center holding up two fingers like the other people features within the…
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