Remembering Jan Palach
20.01.2014 / 14:01
Deputy Ambassador Antonin Hradilek was among those who honoured the memory of Jan Palach at a ceremony organised by the Board of Trustees of Velehrad together with the Embassy of the Czech Republic on January 19, 2014.
During the discussion evening that was held after the remembrance service at Maria Assumpta Chapel in Kensington, the participants shared their memories of Jan Palach and his death in January 1969.
On the 20th anniversary of Palach's death, protests in memory of Palach escalated into what would be called "Palach Week". The series of anticommunist demonstrations in Prague between 15 and 21 January 1989 were suppressed by the police. Palach Week is considered one of the catalyst demonstrations which preceded the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia.
For more pictures from the event, please visit the Czech Embassy facebook page.