Czech Republic: Death of Milada Horáková commemorated
People are gathering at several locations in Prague today to commemorate the judicial murder of Czechoslovak politician Milada Horáková. She was executed 64 years ago on 27 June.
Other victims of the Communist regime will be commemorated as well. Gatherings are taking place at the cemeteries in Ďáblice and Vyšehrad, and a commemorative march is scheduled cross a bridge over the Vltava to pay respects at a memorial on Újezd Street.
The People in Need organization will be screening a film called "The Case of Dr. Horáková" ("Případ dr. Horáková") in the National Theater for pupils of primary and secondary schools, to be followed by a "happening" at Újezd at the memorial to the victims of the Communist regime. Art installations will be on view at several different places around Prague, part of a project called "Communism Hurts Us to This Day" (Komunismus bolí dodnes).
Organizers say the aim is to remind people of the criminal nature of the Communist regime in the former Czechoslovakia. Horáková was a lawyer and MP for the Czechoslovak National Socialist Party, which strongly opposed the Nazis, and participated in the anti-Nazi resistance, as a result of which she was imprisoned in concentration camps.
After the war, Horáková was arrested by the Communist regime. In June 1950 she was sentenced to death on trumped-up charges.
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