Ambassador Žantovský honored the memory of Jan Palach
24.01.2012 / 12:21
Ambassador Michael Žantovský was among those who honored the memory of Jan Palach at a ceremony organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London together with the board of Trustees of Velehrad on January 19, 2012. During the discussion evening that was held after the remembrance ceremony, 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.