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10-12-2018, 21:53 UTC
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Why did Communists allow first public demonstration on December 10, 1988?
[10.12.2018]   Ian Willoughby

Václav Havel on Škroupovo náměstí in 1988, photo: ČT24 Monday is the 30th anniversary of the first demonstration ever permitted by Czechoslovakia’s Communists. But why did the regime allow their enemies like Václav Havel to speak publicly on December 10, 1988? And what did it mean for dissidents themselves?

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