The Velvet Revolution and its children

Martin Bútora talks with Dessy Gavrilova at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017.

12. October 2017
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In the autumn of 1989, the Velvet Revolution put an end to the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Its triumphant spread to neighboring countries seemed to pronounce the end of history. But was the promise of 1989 ever fulfilled? And if so, why are so many democracies in Central and Eastern Europe currently failing? On 23 September 2017, Slovak sociologist Martin Bútora, a leading activist in 1989 and former advisor to Václav Havel, reflected with Dessy Gavrilova (Time to Talk) on the transformations unleashed by the unique revolutions of almost three decades ago.

Photo: Young Czechoslovak people wave from a tramway in support of Vaclav Havel for presidency during protest rally 17 December 1989 near Wenceslas Square in Prague. AFP PHOTO LUBOMIR KOTEK