Freedom And Democracy Day

PORG International School Public Holiday

Wednesday November 17 2021.

Public holiday - the school will be closed all day.

This holiday commemorates two events in Czech history. In 1939, student protests against the Nazi occupation led to Prague university being forcibly closed. 9 student leaders were excecuted by the Nazis and over 1200 others were sent to concentration camps. The date was later commemorated as International Students Day.

In 1989, a student march to commemorate this event was violently repressed by the Communist government. This led to protests across the country and eventually the fall of the Communist regime. It became known as the Velvet Revolution because it was a peaceful protest.