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Czechs Name Prague Square for Havel on his 80th Anniversary

Czechs paid tribute to their late playwright-president Vaclav Havel on what would have been his 80th birthday on Wednesday by holding meetings and concerts and naming a small Prague square in his honor. Havel, a writer and human rights campaigner, was jailed by the communist government before being swept to power in the 1989 "Velvet Revolution." He was Czechoslovak president from 1989 to 1992, and then Czech president until 2003. He died in 2011. Many Czechs remember the...

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