GERMANY: Space for Death

Czech undergraduates at historic Prague University were roused to fury last week as death came to their 22-year-old political martyr, Medical Student Jan Opletal. On Oct. 28 he went out to celebrate Czechoslovak "Independence Day" and was brought home with six revolver bullets in his body. Shouting "Long Live Freedom!" and "Away With the Murderers!" his mourners marched with torchlights to Vinohradsky Square.

Defiant speeches drew a crowd of thousands, and patient Czech police, without truncheons or revolvers, began slowly and persuasively to edge the excited students down toward the river. Some...

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