Czechs mark anniversary of foundation of Czechoslovakia

Wednesday, October 28, marks the 97th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, with several events being held across the country. President Miloš Zeman laid wreaths at the National Monument at Prague’s Vítkov hill, along with PM Bohuslav Sobotka, the Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka, and several other government ministers and officials. On Wednesday evening, President Zeman is set to hand out state honours at a ceremony at Prague Castle. The expected recipients include former Czech football international Pavel Nedvěd, the founder of the babybox system in the Czech Republic Ludvík Hess and pop singer and former actor Václav Neckář. Several university rectors have refused to attend the ceremony in solidarity with two of their colleagues who had not been invited over disputes with the president.

Author: Ruth Fraňková