Vaclav Havel (center), the dissident playwright, who led the revolution before becoming president, addresses the crowd of demonstrators celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights back in December 1988 in Prague

The Velvet Revolution 20 Years Later

Czechs and Slovaks alike have been marking the Velvet Revolution that brought down the Communist government of the then-Czechoslovakia. TIME looks back at the events of 1989 as well as the anniversary itself

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