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.
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel said an international intervention in Libya will be needed if Muammar Qaddafi continues to commit crimes, Hospodarske Noviny reported, citing an interview with the former anti-communist dissident.