ZK: Why did you do this to yourself?
JP: I wanted to express my disagreement with what is happening and to wake people up.
ZK: You wanted to wake people up, and to express disagreement with what is happening?
ZK: And are there more of you?
JP: There are.
From Jana, a short film about other young people who followed Jan Palach in committing suicide in protest against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, whose deaths were covered up or explained away by the families with reasons like “unhappiness in love.”
Zdeňka Sitová, 2013.