Dissidents end hunger strike over low pensions

The government has complied with the request of dissident Jiří Gruntorád, who has gone on a hunger strike over low pensions for ex-dissidents, and revoked its resolution signing up to the tradition of the Charter 77 struggle for human rights and democracy.

Gruntorád, a Charter 77 signatory, has been on the strike since November 17 in protest of the treatment former dissidents were receiving under the management of Labour and Social Affairs Minister Marian Jurečka. He was later joined by another ex-dissident, John Bok.

Mr. Gruntorád initially demanded the minister’s resignation, however he later said he would end the hunger strike if the government repeals the resolution.

Author: Ruth Fraňková