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A After Soviet troops crushed the reform movement in Czechoslovakia in 1968, Communists used repression to keep their power the same.Then, in 1988 and 1989, mass demonstrations took place throughout Czechoslovakia. By November 1989, crowds as big as 500,000 were starting to form in Prague. In December 1989, the Communist government collapsed.
At the end of December,a writer named Václav Havel played animportant role in bringing down the Communistgovernment, became the new president. Havelbecame an important spokesperson for democracy and the new European order. This was good because he brought Czech Democracy into place.
Within Czechoslovakia, they faced some old ethnic problems. The two groups, Czechs and Slovaks, agreed to a division of the country that was peacful. On January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Michal Kovác was elected president of Slovakia. Václav Havel was elected the first president of the new Czech Republic.
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