Every year, a group of young people from Prague as well as other cities gathered at the Lennon Wall. On the eve of the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, the youngsters came to pay tribute to the monument in Malá Strana (Lesser Town). During these gatherings, they usually played guitar and sang – sometimes songs by the Beatles and Lennon, but often also Czech folk songs. They did not always meet right by the Wall, always nearby though.
Members of the Public Security* regularly tried to disperse the participants. They checked their IDs or even called them in for questioning or arrested them.
The annual gathering of 1984 grew into a violently suppressed massive event. Police cars crowded out a procession of hundreds of people, and security forces attacked its participants.
*Police force of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.