Czechs gather money to make a church bell to honor Havel

PRAGUE (AP) " A campaign has been launched to honor Vaclav Havel by having a church bell made and named after the late Czech president.

The Charter 77 Foundation, named after a human rights manifesto drafted by Havel, says the bell will mark five years since Havel's death and 80 years since his birth.

The bell will be named Vaclav and placed at the Church of St. Havel in downtown Prague.

By Wednesday afternoon, donations totaled 65,000 koruna ($2,710) of the 850,000 ($35,450) needed.

Havel was a dissident playwright who led the 1989 revolution that toppled communism before becoming the country's president. He died in 2011 at age 75.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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