Czechs have been marking the 51st anniversary of the self-immolation of Prague university student Jan Palach, who set himself alight in protest at apathy in the face of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. A memorial ceremony was held in Palach’s hometown of Všetaty, in Central Bohemia, where his childhood home recently became a museum in his honour, as well as in towns and cities around the country many of which have squares or streets named in his honour.

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