Vaclav Havel won the Liberty Medal in 1994. "Vaclav Havel inspired the 'velvet revolution' which returned his country in 1989 to democratic liberties, civility and a market economy?.He is a symbol to the world of the successful pursuit of cultural and political freedoms."
December 18, 2011 7:21:09 AM PST
By WILLIAM J. KOLE and KAREL JANICEK Associated Press Writers
PRAGUE (AP) - December 18, 2011 --
Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as "Absurdistan" and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule.