Prime Minister in Prague: 30 years ago, the countries of our region chose the path of freedom

I am convinced that the history of the Czech Republic, Poland and other countries of our region is a success story which inspires other nations, said the head of government during the ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. As he added, 30 years ago, when the walls fell down, the countries of our region chose the path of freedom and democracy’.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that it was Poland that began the process of changes in Central Europe in the early 1980s, when Solidarity was formed, and through partially free elections which took place in 1989.

Poland became the first breach in the wall, which was followed by others- in Hungary, East Germany and Czechoslovakia, he added.

As he noted, both countries were isolated for over 40 years by communism. However, at key moments in 1989, our societies walked together. Today, we act together as key partners not only within the V4 group, but also as part of the Three Seas Initiative and the Bucharest Nine, concluded the head of Polish government.

A ceremony was held at the Prague National Museum and was accompanied by an exhibition concerning the Velvet Revolution. During his visit, Mateusz Morawiecki also participated in the meeting of prime ministers and the chairman of the Bundestag.

The celebrations were also attended by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and the chairman of the Bundestag.

The Velvet Revolution refers to social protests against the policy of the communist authorities which took place in Czechoslovakia in the second half of November 1989. The protests led to the dismissal of the leaders of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, the appointment of the government with representatives of the democratic opposition and the holding of free elections.

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