Alumna delivers speech to celebrate 30 years of freedom in Slovakia

Zuzana Hlavkova (MPP 2018) spoke at an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution which ended communism and totalitarian rule in Czechoslovakia in 1989.

The event took place at the Freedom Square in Bratislava, Slovakia, and was organised by a grassroots civic initiative called 'For a Decent Slovakia' that sprang up after the murders of a young investigative journalist and his fiancée in February 2018.

"Since then 'For a Decent Slovakia' led a civic movement and organised mass rallies that called for greater justice and protection of the rule of law, forcing the government to resign. Several high-profile cases of corruption and widespread fraud by powerful oligarchs and top government representatives have been investigated and prosecuted since, thanks, also, to enormous public pressure", says Zuzana.

Here’s a quote from Zuzana's speech:

“I understand fear. And I understand the anger that the consequences and the responsibility for injustice of others we have to carry on our shoulders. I felt that anger myself. But freedom is also a chance to rise above that anger, to overcome fear and to be courageous. It is a chance to be better and not to let oneself be dragged into a moral low by the immorality of others.”

Dennik N, one of the major dailies in Slovakia, reported on the event.