duminică, 18 decembrie 2011

Vaclav Havel a parasit aceasta lume...

Aseara cautam ceva prin numeroasele mele hartiute si am dat peste o agenda veche, in care era o carte de vizita a lui Pavol Dubcek, fiul lui Alexander Dubcek, liderul Primaverii de la Praga. {e Dubcek Jr l-am cunoscut prin 1997.
Azi am aflat ca a plecat dintre noi Vaclav Havel...


Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic's first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75.
The former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Tancecova said.
As president, he presided over Czechoslovakia's transition to democracy and a free-market economy.
He oversaw its peaceful 1993 split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Havel first came to international fame as a dissident playwright in the 1970s through his involvement with the human rights manifesto Charter 77.
"Vaclav Havel was one of the greatest Europeans of our age," Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote in reaction on Twitter.
"His voice for freedom paved way for a Europe whole and free."
Wilfried Martens, former prime minister of Belgium and current head of the centre-right European People's Party in the European Parliament tweeted: "Deeply saddened by the passing of Vaclav Havel; his legacy will continue to inspire the ongoing struggles for freedom and democracy."
Havel died at his country home north-east of Prague.

Vaclav Havel

  • Born in 1936 to a wealthy family in Czechoslovakia
  • Considered "too bourgeois" by communist government, studied at night school
  • Writing banned and plays forced underground after the 1968 Prague Spring
  • In 1977, co-authored the Charter 77 movement for democratic change
  • Faced constant harassment and imprisonment as Czechoslovakia's most famous dissident
  • Czechoslovakia's first post-communist president in December 1989
  • Oversaw transition to democracy, and 1993 division into the Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Left office in 2003 and continued writing, publishing a new play in 2008 and directing first film in 2011
In his final moments, he was comforted by his wife Dagmara and several nuns, his secretary was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
Havel had looked thin and drawn on recent public appearances, the BBC's Robert Cameron reports from Prague.
When he met the visiting Dalai Lama in Prague this month, he appeared in a wheelchair.
A former heavy smoker, Havel had a history of chronic respiratory problems dating back to his years in communist prisons.
He had part of a lung removed during surgery for cancer in the 1990s.
He was taken to hospital in Prague on 12 January 2009, with an unspecified inflammation, and developed breathing difficulties after undergoing minor throat surgery.
Jiri Schneider, a deputy Czech foreign minister, told the BBC Havel had been a unifying figure at the time of the transition from communism.
He had done much to put both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic on the political map, Mr Schneider said.
"I think that without him it would have been much harder to get the Czech Republic and other countries in the region into Nato and the European Union, back to the family of free nations," he told BBC World News.

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