Prague Magistrate took an important decision: the piazzetta or a little square in front of the National Theatre in Prague will be named after Václav Havel, a Czech writer, human rights activist, statesman and the last president of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) and first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003).
“I believe that this space excellently embodies and represents what Havel strived for, i.e. the meeting of people, a discussion, free thinking and humanity,” Prague Mayor Adriana Krnacova (ANO) said in a press release.
Currently in Prague, after Václav Havel is named only international Ruzyně airport.
Critics say the piazzetta is too small a space to be named after Havel. The former head of the opposition party TOP-09 Karel Schwarzenberg said that it is not even a square. “Terrible choice. It is just a small place between buildings that is maximally suitable for boys to play games,” – he added.