President Zeman commemorates late Vaclav Havel

Prezident Miloš Zeman položil 18. prosince na Vinohradském hřbitově v Praze kytici na hrob bývalého prezidenta Václava Havla, který zemřel před dvěma lety.

published: 18.12.2013, 16:26 | updated: 18.12.2013 16:31:34

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman commemorated Vaclav Havel, dissident and the first post-communist Czechoslovak and Czech head of state, who died exactly two years ago, at his grave at the Prague-Vinohrady cemetery today.

Zeman, Czech PM in 1998-2002, said his cooperation with Havel was based on arguments and discussions and this is why it was very valuable and interesting.

Zeman laid two wreaths with ribbons reading "Milos Zeman" and "president" at Havel´s grave.

On this occasion Zeman also recollected Havel´s speech at a mass anticommunist demonstration in Prague in November 1989.

People were bringing flowers and lighting candles at Havel´s grave the whole day to commemorate the two-year anniversary of his death.

The grave was also covered with the wreaths from his widow Dagmar, outgoing Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok and the Senate.

Events in memory of Havel were staged at various sites all over the Czech Republic as well as abroad today.

Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka will celebrate a requiem mass for Havel at the Prague Crossroads in St Anne Church in Prague centre tonight.

Besides, many people have laid candles, red paper hearts and small Tibetan flags outside Havel´s cottage in Hradecek, east Bohemia, where he died.

Havel (1936-2011), playwright, thinker and dissident, was the last Czechoslovak and the first Czech president (in office 1989-2003). After he left the post he primarily focused on the promotion of human rights in the world. He died on December 18, 2011, aged 75 years.


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