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Czechs bid farewell to Havel in national mourning

Thousands gathered in Prague’s historic city centre on Wednesday as the Czech Republic began three days of national mourning to bid final farewell to Vaclav Havel, the icon of the 1989 Velvet Revolution. In the early morning chill, some 10,000 mourners mostly in black, some carrying Czech or Slovak flags, joined a solemn procession…

Czech revolution icon Vaclav Havel dies

PRAGUE — Former Czech president and hero of the Velvet Revolution Vaclav Havel, who steered his country to independence from Soviet rule in 1989, died on Sunday at the age of 75. Havel died in his sleep at dawn in his weekend house in the village of Hradecek, about 140…