• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF PILGRIMS HAVE FLOCKED TO THE GRAVE OF STUDENT JAN PALACH ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH BY FIRE IN A GRIM PUBLIC PROTEST AGAINST POLITICAL RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AFTER THE SOVIET LED INVASION ON AUGUST, 1968.

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    FLOWERS AROUND GRAVE: WOMAN LIGHTS CANDLE: MAN LIGHTS CANDLE: COUPLES BY GRAVE: PEOPLE LOOKING ON.




    Initials PH/RAI-TELE/JF/PS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: HUNDREDS OF PILGRIMS HAVE FLOCKED TO THE GRAVE OF STUDENT JAN PALACH ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH BY FIRE IN A GRIM PUBLIC PROTEST AGAINST POLITICAL RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AFTER THE SOVIET LED INVASION ON AUGUST, 1968.

    SOME TWO-HUNDRED PEOPLE CLUSTERED AT THE GRAVESIDE IN OLCANY CEMETERY ON SUNDAY - THE BIGGEST CROWD TO GATHER THERE IN THE THREE DAYS PRAGUE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY.

    THE TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD PHILOSOPHY STUDENT SHOCKED THE NATION, WHEN HE SET FIRE TO HIMSELF ON THE AFTERNOON ON JANUARY 16TH LAST YEAR IN WENCESLAS SQUARE.

    HE DIED IN HOSPITAL THREE DAYS LATER AND WAS GIVEN AN UNOFFICIAL HERO'S FUNERAL, ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

    APART FROM INDIVIDUAL VISITS TO PALACH'S GRAVE BY CZECHOSLOVAKS, THERE HAS BEEN NO REAL ATTEMPTED PROTEST ACTION TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY. EXTRA POLICE ARE ON DUTY IN THE CITY CENTRE AND TOUGH LEGISLATION AGAINST DISTURBANCES HAS BEEN AN EXTRA DETERRENT TO ANY DEMONSTRATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5TY70OAFLM7332VOULMT6DMEA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TY70OAFLM7332VOULMT6DMEA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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