Charter 77 week kicks off in Prague


A week of events marking the 35th anniversary of the Charter 77 human rights manifesto has kicked off in Prague. The series of special events organized by former dissidents and Charter 77 signatories includes exhibitions, seminars and a series of special performances of the late Vaclav Havel´s plays. A photo exhibition at the plaza of the National Theatre is called “Prague through the lens of the secret service” and is a compilation of photographs the communist secret police made in the process of spying on and following dissidents. Charter 77 week is also intended to honour the memory of philosopher and Charter 77 spokesman Jan Patočka who became the first victim of the communist backlash against the Charter 77 manifesto. He was arrested and died of a stroke shortly after undergoing an 11-hour interrogation by the communist secret police.