Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vaclav Havel would hate this idea

A man who knew former Czech president Vaclav Havel well says the idea of naming Prague's international airport for Havel would be a big mistake.

CTK reports Vladimir Hanzel says there are at least two reasons why an airport cannot be a proper memorial to Havel.
Havel hated flying and the airport is a commercial affair, Hanzel said.
Hanzel has proposed that Havel's name should be borne by a cultural or educational institution.
Czech film maker Fero Fenic, pointing to the worldwide practice of naming airports after significant statesmen, has proposed that the Prague airport be renamed after Havel.
He recalled that the Ruzyne neighbourhood is also known for its prison facility where Havel, then leading dissident, was jailed under the communist regime. The renaming of the airport would thus symbolise Havel's path from jail to Prague Castle, the presidential seat, Fenic has told CTK.
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