Man tries to set fire to communist victims’ memorial

28-05-2009

The police say they have detained a man who attempted to set fire to the memorial to the victims of communism at the foot of Prague’s Petřín hill. The man was allegedly filmed by a street camera as he poured petrol over one of the statues and threw a lit match at it. The fire went out after a few seconds and did not cause any serious damage to the sculpture. The memorial by sculptor Olbram Zoubek and architects Zdeněk Hoelzl and Jan Kerel consists of seven more or less fragmentary human figures symbolizing political prisoners. They stand on a staircase leading up the slope of Petřín hill in Prague's historical centre, on the left bank of the Vltava river.