On the wall of the school corridor he wrote: Vivat Charter 77
Zdeněk Matuszek was born on 4 June 1960 as the eldest of three siblings in Frýdek-Místek in the working-class family of Bronislav and Hilda Matuszek. Charter 77 became a crucial event that turned his life around. The regime’s shameful speeches against its signatories on television, radio and in the newspapers aroused his sense of justice and as a 16-year-old student at the local high school he decided to express his opposition to the communist regime. He destroyed the portraits of the then President and Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia Gustáv Husák placed in the school classrooms, threw a bust of V. I. Lenin out of a classroom window, and wrote the inscriptions Vivat Charta 77 and In God We Trust on the door of the assembly room and the wall in the school corridor. After he was denounced by a classmate, to whom he boasted about his acts, the district court sentenced him to a suspended sentence. He was expelled from school and given a lifetime ban from high school. He joined Slezan as a worker and later worked in the sheet metal mills and the bridge factory in Frýdek. In 1989, he signed Charter 77, took part in two anti-regime demonstrations, and was involved in the dissemination of a petition for the release of Václav Havel from prison and the declaration Several Sentences. After the Velvet Revolution, he was dismissed from the bridge factory and started a newsagent business, which he ran for 20 years. In 2022 he lived in a house on the outskirts of Frýdek and devoted himself to travel. He has three children.