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Vaclav Havel, one of the Czech greatest, died at 75 from respiratory illness.

Europe Security News. Vaclav Havel, hero of Czech anti communist revolution died at 75.

Vaclav Havel, a dissident writer jailed by Communists who became Czech president and a symbol of liberal ideas, peace and freedom after leading the bloodless “Velvet Revolution,” died at 75 on Sunday from a long respiratory illness , after surviving lung cancer and a burst intestine.

Havel  rose to fame after facing down Prague’s communist regime.  Under communist censorship, his plays were banned for two decades and he was thrown into prison several times after launching Charter 77, a manifesto demanding the communist government adhere to international standards for human rights.

Just six months after completing his last jail sentence, Havel led hundreds of thousands of protesters in Prague’s cobblestone streets in a peaceful uprising in November 1989 that ended Soviet-backed rule. Just over a month later, he was installed as president in Prague Castle.

Havel became a symbol and a “must” in  international politics. He also  struggled to uphold morality in politics.

“He was a great and well-deserving man and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace,” said Polish dissident leader Lech Walesa, himself a Nobel laureate. READ MORE HERE