• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF CZECHS FILLED THE STREETS OF PRAGUE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) IN PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS TO MARK THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW PACT INTERVENTION INTO CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF CZECHS FILLED THE STREETS OF PRAGUE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) IN PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS TO MARK THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW PACT INTERVENTION INTO CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    AT MIDDAY, A CROWD ESTIMATED AT 15,000 BURST INTO WENCESLAS SQUARE - THE SCENE OF MUCH OF THE POPULAR PROTEST AT THE TIME OF THE INTERVENTION - SHOUTING 'RUSSIANS GO HOME'.

    A FIVE MINUTES TRAFFIC STOPPAGE JAMMED THE STREETS, AND THE AIR FILLED WITH THE CONTINUOUS BLAST OF MOTOR HORNS.

    PEDESTRIANS STAMPED AND CLAPPED IN TIME TO THE HORNS. EARLIER MANY CITIZENS HAD HEEDED THE CALL TO WALK TO WORK AS A SIGN OF PROTEST.

    THOUGH THERE ARE ESTIMATED TO BE OVER 70,000 WARSAW PACT TROOPS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, THEY WERE KEPT OUT OF THE TROUBLED AREAS. BUT THE CZECH GOVERNMENT DID BRING ABOUT 60 CZECH ARMY TANKS INTO PRAGUE, TOGETHER WITH TRUCKLOADS OF STEEL-HELMETED TROOPS.

    TROOPS WERE STATIONED ROUND PRAGUE RADIO BUILDING, WHILE POLICE AND OTHER BROKE UP THE WENCESLAS SQUARE DEMONSTRATION WITH TEAR-GAS. A CIRCLING ARMY HELICOPTER LOCATED POCKETS OF DEMONSTRATORS, BUT ITS PRESENCE WARNED THE DEMONSTRATORS WHERE THE NEXT BARRAGE OF GAS SHELLS, WATER CANNON, AND BATON CHARGES WOULD STRIKE. TANKS CRUSHED DOWN DEMONSTRATORS' BARRICADES, AND ARMOURED TROOP CARRIERS, BEARING THE FRESHLY PAINTED SLOGAN 'PUBLIC SECURITY' PATROLLED THE STREETS.

    THIS MORNING, THE TANKS WERE GONE, AND THE CITY SEEMED RELATIVELY CALM. BUT IN THE PAST THREE DAYS, FIVE PEOPLE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE DISTURBANCES, AND SIX HUNDRED HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2OTMORT9HOZPI5IMS3TSBIQ63
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OTMORT9HOZPI5IMS3TSBIQ63
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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