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Country remembers Jan Palach on his 50th death anniversary

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A few thousand citizens attended a commemoration of Jan Palach’s death, fifty years ago, to protest the end of the Prague Spring and the subsequent Soviet invasion. Palach’s act of self-immolation came to define the Soviet invasion globally and inspired a number of Czech dissidents.

The meeting was followed by a silent march from the National Museum towards the Old Town Square and the Karolinum. Earlier in the day, Charles University dedicated a new plaque to Palach, located in the courtyard of the Karolinum, which was inaugurated by the Rector, Tomas Zima.

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