March 31, 1990 |
Thousands of Slovaks rallied Friday to protest the country's new name, which does not have a hyphen to distinguish Slovaks from the dominant Czechs. The national Parliament voted Thursday night to drop the word Socialist designation from the country's name and call the nation the Czechoslovak Federative Republic. That set off daylong protests in Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak republic. Parliament agreed to allow the Slovaks to write the new name with a hyphen.