Former Czech President Vaclav Havel has delivered a letter to the Belarus Embassy in Prague, calling on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down.

Mr. Havel says he was denied entry to the building Tuesday and left the letter in the embassy's mailbox.

He said the letter was meant as an act of solidarity with those in Belarus struggling for more freedom. He added that the Czech people know the importance of such solidarity.

Mr. Havel also called on European Union countries to, in his words, resist evil from the very beginning and not wait for what he called "catastrophic consequences."

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.