published: 28.10.2013, 21:17 | updated: 28.10.2013 21:44:10
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman awarded 29 selected personalities on the 95th anniversary of establishment of Independent Czechoslovakia today and said he does not comprehend history as a competition of abstract ideas, but as a competition of specific people´s ideas.
He said the path of none of the awarded was steeply rising right from the start, but that they had often to cope with injuries, mistakes or slanders.
Two of the 29 awarded got the Order of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, the rest the Medal of Merit.
Zeman did not award the highest state award, the Order of the White Lion.
In his speech Zeman did not pay much attention to the current political developments in the country.
He mentioned Czechoslovakia´s first president Tomas Garrigue Masaryk several times and said he was able to stand up to the majority thinking and in spite of his high age, he went into exile with his dream of an independent Czechoslovakia, and he succeeded.
This was the first time that Zeman bestowed high state decorations since he became president in March.
The ceremony was accompanied by controversies. A majority of public uviversities´ rectors did not come to Prague Castle in protest at Zeman´s refusal to invite two of their colleagues.
Musician Vladimir Misik refused to accept a state decoration from Zeman, saying he does not agree with some of his decisions.
The Confederation of Political Prisoners did not propose its candidates for decorations for the first time this year citing Zeman´s stand on communism.
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