Fountain in front of the National Museum in Prague

Danielle  La Valle

London, United Kingdom

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Mere feet from this beautiful fountian which sits on one end of Wenceslas Square, a student named Jan Palach set himself alight in protest against the Communist restrictions on free speech. A cross in the pavemnet now marks the spot where he fell. Wenceslas Square is very peaceful now, it is not so much a square as a Parisian-style boulevard and it is constantly buzzing with tourists and local shoppers. However, in 1968 this was the sight of protests against the reinstated soviet rule that would come to be called ‘The Prague Spring’. Ironically it had also been the site of celebrating when the Soviets came to liberate Prague from the Nazis in 1945.

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