Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who served time in Czechoslovakia’s communist prisons before leading a revolution that ushered democracy into central Europe and hoisted him into the Czech presidency, has died. He was 75.
Thousands of people followed Czech ex-President Vaclav Havel’s casket as it was transported through the narrow streets of Prague, opening three days of official mourning ahead of a state funeral on Dec. 23.
Czech former President Vaclav Havel, whose resistance to totalitarian regimes helped topple Communism in 1989, was remembered at a mass attended by world leaders, including David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
One year after the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, a global icon in fighting dictatorship, his persecutors’ political heirs have national power in their sight for the first time since 1989.