Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the 31st Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
Thursday, November 12, 2020
November 17th marks the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.
In 1989, the Czech people stood up against communist rule, and through nonviolent demonstrations precipitated the nation’s transition to democracy.
The Velvet Revolution lasted 43 days and ended 41 years of communist control of Czechoslovakia.
Jingling keys became a symbol of the revolution and of the new doors that democracy and freedom from communism would unlock.
The National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa helps to educate Americans about these events and the importance of fighting for freedom.