RIP Vaclav Havel; Symbol of the Velvet Revolution
The last president of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992), dissident, king of democracy and renowned writer Vaclav Havel passed away at his home in Hradecek pri Trutnove yesterday 18 December, aged 75.
The condolences came flooding in from all over the world, including from Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic who underlined the key role Havel played during and after the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and how he had left a strong imprint not just on Czechs and Slovak societies, but also on democracy in Europe.
Havel had been having health problems for the past few years, and things deteriorated recently after he had been working too much as director on his first film Departure, with severe respiratory problems taking their toll. May there be many more like him.
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