You can find the exhibition at the town hall. Photo: Prague 4
An exhibition titled From November 17 to the Velvet Revolution is installed in the vestibule of Prague 4 City Hall on Antala Staška Street until November 28. Prague 4 thus continues the tradition of commemorating significant milestones in our history.
In thirteen panels, the exhibition focuses on how independent journalism was born as one of the pillars of the Velvet Revolution. In the beginning, there was a brave performance by students of Prague universities, later theater artists and the general public joined in. And sometimes during the second half of November and the beginning of December, even journalists. The exhibition is freely accessible when the building is open.
“Although more than 30 years have passed since the events of 1989, the commemoration of November 17 is still relevant. Although we now live in a free and democratic state, for which striking and protesting people not only risked losing their jobs, but even in the days of communism, prison or even the gallows, yet there are people who do not appreciate the current state of affairs, or even try to use the manipulation of facts, half-truths, or outright misinformation to damage the image of the current quality of life in the Czech Republic,” says mayor Ondřej Kubín (ODS).
“Freedom of speech, almost unlimited travel around the world, a stable economy with natural fluctuations in growth, a safe state, quality health care and the opportunity for each individual to self-realize. A luxury that many people stop appreciating after 30 years. He blames his failures on others, any natural economic fluctuation is a tragedy, free borders are only good for migrants, or he thinks that EU membership only brings us dictates from Brussels. It’s not so long ago that the Czechs executed Czechs who wanted to be like us now,” adds the mayor and reminds: “The events of November 17 are not only connected with the year 1989, but we must also not forget the year 1939, when the Nazis closed our universities , and even students were dying. If we now look beyond the borders, we will find that evil has not disappeared from the world, and events from Israel remind us that the horrors of the Holocaust are not ancient history, but that anti-Semitism in its worst possible form is still active. The European Union and NATO are not perfect organizations, but they provide us with economic stability and security. In exchange for concessions that we do not pay with our lives, as our predecessors did.’