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Celebrations of 17th November at the Embassy – Romanian student becomes Czech Ambassador

On 18 November 2013, a so-called Takeover Day took place at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bucharest, when a 17-year-old student took the office of Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Romania for one day. The event was to mark the anniversary of 17th November which is observed in the Czech Republic as the Day of the fight for freedom and democracy, and known worldwide as the International Students‘ Day.

On 17th November 1939, Czech universities were closed down by the German Nazi occupiers and 1200 students were sent to concentration camps. On 17th November 1989, students and other citizens took part in demonstrations for free Czechoslovakia: this process culminated with the election of Václav Havel as President of the Republic and with the renewal of democracy.

To mark the anniversary during the Takeover Day (www.acumdecid.eu), student of a secondary school in Craiova Izabela Tiberiade laid down flowers at the commemorative plaque dedicated to Václav Havel and all fighters for freedom and democracy in the Linden tree alley in the Izvor Park. Her day in the role of Ambassador began, after Ambassador Jiří Šitler “handed over” his post, by a meeting with the Embassy staff. Later in the day, she had a meeting with a Czech company representative, gave an interview to a company periodical as well as an interview to Romanian radio.