The 20-year-old student lit himself on fire on Wenceslas square, in the centre of the capital, to protest against the occupation of the country by troops of the Soviet Union. He died on 19 January of his injuries. The funeral of Palach on January 25, 1969, by tens of thousands of people attended. She grew into a protest against the occupying forces. On February 25, 1969 crossed the 18-year-old Jan Zajic in the same place in fire, also with fatal consequences.
on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of that event will be today, several events will be organised in Prague. So is there an outdoor exhibition on Wenceslas square, where Palach to self-immolation over the world. There will also be a herdenkingssteen be unveiled in the courtyard of the Charles university, where he studied.