Another thing from that time in Prague in 1990. I saw this on Wenceslas Square my very first night, when I left the train station, and again later as I walked around the city. It was a huge circular memorial, at night surrounded by hundreds of candles, melting into a wall of wax; during the day piled with flowers and photos and notes and Czech flags and everything. There were always people around it, many of them crying.
I found out later that this was an impromptu, unofficial memorial to Jan Palach, the Czech student who immolated himself in protest of the Soviet invasion of 1968. Although I guess technically it was to Palach, the Czech flags, pictures of Vaclav Havel and others showed that it was also a memorial to Czech independence and to all victims of the occupation/Communists.
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