Czech mourners pay respects to late leader


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The Independent Online

Braving the freezing cold, thousands of Czechs bid a personal farewell yesterday to former President Vaclav Havel, who led the peaceful revolution that toppled the Communist regime in 1989.

The mourners waited patiently in a long queue in front of the Prague Crossroads at the city's Old Town, where the coffin with the former leader's body went on display. Many were carrying flowers to honour Havel, who died on Sunday aged 75.