Havel’s Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress


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U.S. congressional leaders have honored the late Czech president, author and freedom fighter Vaclav Havel at a time when his country is marking the 25th anniversary of its anti-communist protests that eventually led to democracy. A bust of Havel was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Havel’s widow, Dagmar, and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka attended the ceremony, hosted by Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The bust of the late Czech president is placed alongside those of other eminent leaders in Statuary Hall — Britain’s Winston Churchill, Sweden’s Raoul Wallenberg, America’s Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

Boehner led the unveiling ceremony.

“He was a writer who exposed the communists, using the one weapon that they couldn’t match, and that was the truth. For this he received three stays in prison, countless interrogations, and constant surveillance, but he kept on writing, hiding pages of his manuscripts throughout his home. Offered a chance to flee to the West, he refused in saying ‘I’m simply a Czech bumpkin through and through,’” said Boehner…


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