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In Poland, workers had started protests that demanded a change in Poland. One worker named Lech Walesa organized a national trade union named Solidarity. The solidarity gained the workers support of five hundred thousand people, so eventually in December 1989 the communist government collapsed.
Vaclav Havel was a writer who played a huge role in bringing down the communist government. At the end of December Havel became the new president. Havel became an eloquent spokesperson for Czech democracy and a new order in Europe.
The new government soon faced old ethnic problems. The two groups the Czechs and Slovaks came to an agreement that the nation should be divided into two. On January 1 1993 Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Havel was elected the first president of the new Czech Republic, and Michal Kovác was elected president of Slovakia.
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