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Czech Hero Havel Is Dead at 75

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Posted on Dec 18, 2011
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Peacenik: Vaclav Havel’s motto was “Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate.”

Vaclav Havel, playwright, nonviolent dissident and pro-democracy leader of the Czechoslovakian “Velvet Revolution” that toppled communism and propelled the unraveling of the Soviet empire, died Sunday morning. He was 75.

View a slideshow of photographs from Havel’s life here and a full obituary here.—ARK

The Guardian:

Havel’s state funeral is likely to draw a crowd of leaders, artists and intellectuals from around the world. Havel was a renowned playwright and essayist who, after the crushing of the Prague spring in 1968, was drawn increasingly into the political struggle against the Czechoslovakian communist dictatorship, which he called Absurdistan. His involvement in the Charter 77 movement for freedom of speech won him admiration around the world.

His commitment to non-violent resistance helped ensure the velvet revolution was bloodless. It also [helped ensure] that the “velvet divorce” three years later, when the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, was equally peaceful.

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By Robespierre115, December 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

Of course they don’t mention the other side: His buddies went on to join Eastern Europe into transforming itself into a neoliberal, free market wasteland which today is one big tragedy made worse by the world economic crisis.

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By gerard, December 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Profound thanks to this staunch innovator!  He was a prime mover toward the rise in worldwide understanding and accepance of non-violent actions toward social and political reform.

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By tapxe, December 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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this guy was vermin, not a nice guy at all.

a CIA asset to bring the soviets down,

then the zionist stooge to take over the soviet ruins and turn them into uSSa vassals.

this guy betrayed his people and the goody-two-shoe he so carefully tried to fool the world with.

Good riddance.

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