Czechs and Slovaks are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw an end to Communist rule in the then Czechoslovakia.
The current President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, laid a wreath in memory of the people’s struggle.
The dissident playwright Vaclav Havel, who later became the country’s president, was at the forefront of the 1989 protests. As an underground leader he spoke of freedom to the masses tired of the Communist yoke.
On November 17, 1989, thousands of students marched to Wenceslas Square in the capital and were greeted by riot police.
Rumours that a student had been killed sparked a wave of fury through the crowd and prompted 12 days of angry protests.
By November 28, the Communists were out and by December 29 Vaclav Havel had taken centre stage as the country’s President.