A monument has been unveiled in Prague 6 commemorating the support shown to Czech dissidents by the late Dutch politician Max van der Stoel.

The monument is a horizontal shadow of a tree, made out of concrete. The authors are Czech artist Dominik Lang and architect Jakub Červenka.

Max van der Stoel, as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, on March 1 met with Charter 77 spokesman Jan Patočka. The meeting represented a significant breakthrough for the anti-Communist movement and a milestone on the road of Czechoslovakia back to democracy.

Patočka explained the situation and aims of Charter 77 and said that it was a legal movement, a civic initiative trying to defend human rights and to persuade the Czechoslovak state to adhere to its commitments under the Helsinki Accords.

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