Saturday, August 12, 2017

Occasional Stories: A Velvet Revolution?

by Laksiri Fernando-

( August 11, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) I am not imagining the future, but relating an experience of the past, in 1989. It was not in Sri Lanka, where things were quite rough or violent. It was in Czechoslovakia. The change was so smooth, it was called the ‘velvet revolution.’ It started on the 17th November and by the 27th, the ruling communist party gracefully agreed to step down and hold multiparty elections.