President and PM take part in event at Czech Radio marking anniversary of start of Prague Uprising

Czech President Václav Klaus and Prime Minister Jan Fischer have taken part in an event at Czech Radio marking the 65th anniversary of the start of the Prague Uprising. The two leaders and other senior politicians laid wreaths and spoke briefly in front of the station’s main building on Prague’s Vinohradská Street on Wednesday. Mr Klaus described the actions taken by Czechs in the final days and hours of the war as spontaneous and deeply admirable. On the morning of May 5, 1945, Czech Radio called on Prague citizens to rise up against the Nazi occupiers, four days before Soviet troops liberated the city. During a battle for control of the station around 90 people were killed. Around the city, some 30,000 people took part in the uprising, of which nearly 1,700 died. Other memorial events are also being held.

Author: Jan Velinger