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20 years ago it started

20 years ago it started in Hungary. The first domino to fall, followed by Czechoslowakia, East Germany, Romania… 1989 was an incredible year…

End of March I was in Hungary to work on a chapter of the Refugees book. There were pro-democracy demonstrations in the streets… Little did we know how far this would go.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 15/03/1989: Opposition demonstration before the change of regime in Hungary.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 15/03/1989: Opposition demonstration before the change of regime in Hungary.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 15/03/1989: Opposition demonstration before the change of regime in Hungary.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 15/03/1989: Opposition demonstration before the change of regime in Hungary.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 15/03/1989: Opposition demonstration before the change of regime in Hungary.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 15/03/1989: Opposition demonstration before the change of regime in Hungary.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 24/03/1989: Pro democracy demonstrations announcing the regime change.

HUNGARY. Budapest. 24/03/1989: Pro democracy demonstrations announcing the regime change.

8 Responses to “20 years ago it started”

  1. John, i see you’ve gone to the same Burn system??…trolls here?? ;))))….

    Marina stood in front of tanks during that momentous time…she was a young 19 year old university student…she participated in both putz (as observer and protestor)…maybe, some day, over a wine, she’ll tell u the story of ’89/90/91 in Moscow….i was in prague in may ’90…where i was teaching english, a young boy, and writing/shooting…my homestay family’s daughter was the girl in that famous picture puting aflower in the Czech Militsia gun…

    oh, time rushes by so fast….

    running
    b

    bob black - July 2nd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

  2. for sure you will have two persons logged in :)

    I am waithing for a nwe post.

    marcin luczkowski - July 2nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

  3. Marcin, I have managed NOT to take pictures for a couple of weeks now… Cleaning my head and building up tension to shoot again… And from the 11th on I will be scanning for the next two weeks… So the posts will be very occasional but go full speed ahead once I’m back in Cambodia…

    john vink - July 2nd, 2009 at 9:19 pm

  4. jv:

    will u get a channel at Magnet??

    bob black - July 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

  5. I don’t know… I was not at the meeting…

    john vink - July 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

  6. JV:

    u r my hero!…..

    and i said the same to Mark Powers over a beer in Toronto….

    b

    bob black - July 4th, 2009 at 6:02 am

  7. Bob,

    Remember: “Ni dieu ni maître”…

    john vink - July 5th, 2009 at 12:12 am

  8. JV ;))))….

    well dont worry Grasshopper, there is but one real master in my life, at that aint Dieu or mondieu ;))….that’d be the the young lady i met from Moscow 11 years ago ;)))….

    ….so u dont have to worry….

    i’ve never been a good novice anyway ;)))….

    bob black - July 6th, 2009 at 6:05 am

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