Monday, 18 November 2019

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November 17, 1989 testimonies shared in new book

Radio Prague |
14 November 2019

In a remarkable work of oral history, four students with the help of former dissident and award winning author Aleš Palán have produced a 270 page history of the events that took place in Prague on November 17, 1989.

Launch of new toll system likely to cause traffic disruptions

Radio Prague |
14 November 2019

The launch of the new electronic toll system on Czech highways at the beginning of December can cause major traffic disruptions, the toll operator Czech Toll/Sky Toll has warned. Traffic jams of up to 40 kilometres are expected in some parts of the country, especially at border crossings, when the new toll system goes into operation.

Russia places Czech NGO People in Need among list of "undesirables"

Radio Prague |
14 November 2019

The Russian Foreign Ministry has effectively banned People in Need by placing it on its list of undesirable organisations. The Czech humanitarian NGO has since reacted by saying that, while it is ceasing its activities in Russia, this does not mean its work in the country is over.

Places of the Velvet Revolution: Laterna Magika

Radio Prague |
13 November 2019

As the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution draws near, we take you to places that played a significant role in the events leading to the collapse of the Communist regime 30 years ago. In the second episode of our mini-series, we visit the former Laterna Magika theatre in central Prague, which served as the headquarters of the Civic Forum.

Leading figures of 1989 discuss revolutions and their heritage in central Europe

Radio Prague |
13 November 2019

Czech Radio marked the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on Monday with an international conference on the fall of communism in central Europe and the transformation processes that followed. The speakers' list featured the names of prominent former dissidents and politicians such as Lech Wałęsa, Magdaléna Vášáryová and Václav Klaus.

Dialogue: interviews with artists from three post-communist states

Radio Prague |
13 November 2019

One of the many undertakings commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the return of democracy to this country is a collection of interviews, quotes and photographs compiled by the award-winning Czech documentarist Barbora Baronová in cooperation with the Czech Centers.

Škoda unveils 4th-generation Octavia ahead of model's 60th anniversary

Radio Prague |
13 November 2019

Škoda Auto has unveiled the latest version of its best-selling Octavia model, due to roll out on the domestic market by year's end, in time for the model's 60th anniversary. The company says it aims to sell over 25,000 new Octavia on the Czech market in 2020.

Magdaléna Platzová: I was fainting with fear on Národní

Radio Prague |
12 November 2019

Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution was sparked by a student demonstration on November 17, 1989 that was brutally quelled by riot police. Among those on the front line of those clashes was writer Magdaléna Platzová. At 17 years old she had already taken part in a number of demonstrations. But, she says, nothing prepared her for the violence that surrounded her on Prague's Národní St. on that now famous day.

Places of the Velvet Revolution: Národní

Radio Prague |
12 November 2019

As the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution draws near, we take you to places that played a significant role in the events leading to the collapse of the Communist regime 30 years ago. In the first episode of our mini-series, we visit Národní třída, the scene of a brutal police crackdown on an unarmed student demonstration on November 17. It was this event that marked the beginning of the revolution.

Monday marked 80th anniversary of death of Jan Opletal, symbol of Czech resistance to Nazis

Radio Prague |
12 November 2019

November 11 was the 80th anniversary of the death of Jan Opletal, a Prague student who had been gunned down at an anti-Nazi demonstration in the city a fortnight earlier. Opletal became a symbol of Czech resistance to the German occupation and a march held in his honour helped spark the Velvet Revolution five decades after his death.

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