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Václav Havel, Dissident and President, dies

With deep sorrow, the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Poland, regrets to inform of the death of Václav Havel, writer and dramatist, one of the first spokesmen for the Charter 77 human rights movement, a leading figure in the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic.

The funeral mass for President Vaclav Havel will be held on Wednesday at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army located on Długa Street 13/15 in Warsaw.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic would like to inform that a book of condolence will be available for signing

on Tuesday, December 20, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm,

on Wednesday, December 21, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm,

on Thursday, December 22, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Koszykowa Street 18, 00-555 Warsaw.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic appreciates all expressions of sympathy shown. Condolences may also be sent to warsaw@embassy.mzv.cz.

Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, on the death of Václav Havel

In Václav Havel we have lost a man who restored dignity to the Czech nation, a man who played a key role in winning freedom for our country in 1989. He was the most famous Czech, recognized all over the world. Unfortunately, he was more welcome and revered abroad than at home. Though a modest and shy man, he stood his ground when meeting and dealing with the world´s most powerful people. I only hope that at least now we will realize what a man we had in our fellow citizen, and will look up to him as an example.

Foto: Tomki Němec