Several thousand people, among them two government ministers, members of right wing opposition parties, cultural and academic figures and church representatives attended a separate celebration of Czechoslovak Independence Day on Prague’s Old Town Square. Many of the speakers stressed the need to defend democracy in the country and not remain passive to developments such as the joint proclamation of the country’s senior officials with respect to China during a visit to Prague by the Dalai Lama. A guest of honour at the celebrations was Holocaust survivor George Brady who received an academic award from Palacký University in Olomouc in the course of the evening.
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