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Thursday, November 18, 1999 Published at 00:42 GMT


World: Europe

In Pictures: The Velvet Revolution anniversary



The Czech Republic has celebrated the 10th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" which brought down the communist government in Czechoslovakia.


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Students marched with candles through Narodni trida (National Street) in Prague where a students' demonstration was broken up by police in November 1989.


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Ten years ago, students carried Czechoslovakian flags - this time they carried the Czech Republic flag.


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Czech President Vaclav Havel laid flowers at a monument in central Prague where police attacked a peaceful march of students in 1989.


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World leaders from 1989 were presented with the Order of White Lion, the highest Czech state award.
Left to right: Former US President George Bush, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Danielle Mitterrand, widow of former French President Francois Mitterrand, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Polish President Lech Walesa.


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President Havel demonstrates key ringing. In 1989 protesters shook key rings to symbolise the end of the communist rule in the country.




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