Protesters give Czech president red card to mark Velvet Revolution

Demonstrators show red cards for Czech President Milos Zeman during a rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on Narodni street in Prague on November 17, 2014Thousands of people protested Monday on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution against Czech president Milos Zeman’s Russia-friendly foreign policy and a vulgar diatribe that sparked uproar. The demonstration marked the brutal suppression by communist police of a student march in Prague on November 17, 1989 that sparked the Velvet Revolution, which toppled communism in then Czechoslovakia. “I’ve come to show Zeman the red card because I’m against almost everything he does — his foreign policy, for instance,” said Jarmila Rydlova, one of more than 5,000 protesters according to a Czech Television estimate. While the West believes Russia is pulling the strings in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Zeman has repeatedly described it as “a civil war between two groups of Ukrainian citizens”.

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