Government leaders praise Mašín

Prime Minister Petr Nečas highly praised Ctirad Mašín on Saturday, in response to news of his death. The Prime Minister said Mašín was a courageous man who he greatly respected, and called his resistance to the totalitarian dictatorship heroic. His legacy, he said, should be remembered. Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra also addressed the news, saying Mašín deserved the respect due a hero, and that he thought it sad that he did not live to achieve full personal distinction. The Czech Senate has repeatedly recommended such a distinction, though left-wing parties have invariably rejected them.