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Commemoration of Jan Palach

On the 3rd February 2004, the Consulate of the Czech Republic, the Maltese-Czech Society and the Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU), will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the death of Jan Palach at the University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq.

Jan Palace was a Czech University student who burnt himself alive rather than live under a Communist Regime.

Press Release:

The Consulate of the Czech Republic in Malta, in association with the Maltese-Czech Society and with the co-operation of the University Student's Council - (KSU), will be commemorating "Jan Palach", the Czech philosophy student at Charles University, Prague, who in 1968 immolated himself in protest against the foreign occupation of his country.

The commemoration will be held at the University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq on Tuesday 3rd February 2004 at 17.30 hrs.

H.E. Professor Guido de Marco, President of Malta, together with Professor Roger Ellul Micallef, Rector of the University of Malta, will be unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion at Student's House. This event coincides with a visit to Malta by a delegation from the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, who together with the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Malta, Mr Libor Secka will be attending the event.

The keynote speech of the evening will be delivered by Mr Michael Falzon, A & CE, who in 1968 was President of KSU. A film on Jan Palach will be screened.

The general public is cordially invited to attend.


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