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Prague continues to mourn Havel

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 01:10

Dec. 20 - Two days after his death, Czechs continue to mourn Vaclav Havel, the playwright-turned-president whose “Velvet Revolution” toppled Communist rule. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Two days after the death of Vaclav Havel, Czechs continue to pay tribute in Prague to the playwright-turned-president whose "Velvet Revolution" toppled Communist rule. (SOUNDBITE) (Czech) MIROSLAVA JURENKOVA, SAYING: "President Havel was a great personality and for us he was a hope that everything would be better. For me he was the bearer of good news, as well as Christ was." Havel died at his country home on Sunday at the age of 75, and since then thousands have streamed through Prague castle and the medieval city centre to light candles and write condolences. On Tuesday the Czech parliament marked his death with a minute's silence. A three-day period of national mourning will begin on Wednesday, culminating in a funeral at St Vitus Cathedral, and a nation-wide moment of silence at noon. Leaders and statesmen from across Europe and the world are expected to attend Havel's funeral. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Prague continues to mourn Havel

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 01:10