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Jan Palach Day

Published Tuesday January 15 2013

January 16th marks the tragic death of Jan Palach, a student of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague who set himself on fire on Wenceslas Square on 16th January 1969. By this shocking act, he wanted to protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia of 21st August 1968. Palach’s protest caused extraordinary reaction both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Under the initiative of the then Mayor of Luxembourg City Mr. Fernand  Zurn, Luxembourg was the first country to name a square after Jan Palach as early as 1969.