Pinsteps. The Candlelight Protest of 1988 in Czechoslovakia
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In front of the opera house, a significant event unfolded on March 25, 1988 – the first anti-communist demonstration in Czechoslovakia since the Prague Spring. Known as the Candle Demonstration (Slovak: Sviečková demonštrácia), it marked a pivotal moment in history. Despite heavy rain, demonstrators gathered with flags and lit candles, singing the national anthem. The police attempted to disperse the crowd using water cannons and batons. The determined protesters held their ground for half an hour, as planned, before disbanding. During the demonstration, 141 individuals were arrested, and several were subjected to police violence. This event was crucial to the nation's journey towards change and freedom.

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Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava

The journey from Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava includes a stop in Bratislava for a city tour. Explore the rich history of Bratislava, visit the bustling city square, admire the grandeur of the palace, walk through the iconic St. Michael's Gate, and experience the elegance of the Opera House.

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