Secret police didn’t believe I did all this by myself
Pavel Horák was born on April 8, 1954 in Pilsen, and the family soon moved to Teplice. When he was seven years old, his father died, and his mother, a nurse, took care of him herself. In August 1968 he witnessed the arrival of the occupation troops in Teplice, which caused spontaneous and lasting hatred of totalitarianism. He trained as a turner, was interested in photography, composed songs on political and environmental topics. In 1977 he produced and disseminated leaflets informing about Charter 77 and was never caught. He tried to repeat the success of the event in 1986 when he printed and distributed leaflets informing about the funeral of the poet Jaroslav Seifert. This time, however, police uncovered him and he was sentenced to sedition for 14 months unconditionally. The Court of Appeal has further tightened the sentence to 18 months. On 12 and 13 November he participated in ecological demonstrations in Teplice. He stood at the birth of the Civic Forum in Teplice. In 2017 he won the Injustice Stories Award.