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    LEADER OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIA COMMUNIST PARTY, ALEXANDER DUBCEK, WAS GIVEN FULL BACKING IN HIS NATIONAL LIBERALIZATION POLICY BY THE PARTY'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    LEADER OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIA COMMUNIST PARTY, ALEXANDER DUBCEK, WAS GIVEN FULL BACKING IN HIS NATIONAL LIBERALIZATION POLICY BY THE PARTY'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY). THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE, IN A PLENARY MEETING AT PRAGUE CASTLE, VOTED ITS APPROVAL OF THE COUNTRY'S REFORM COURSE BY ACCLAMATION. ALL OF THE SPEAKERS, WHO NUMBERED MORE THAN 20, SUPPORTED THE DUBCEK LIBERALIZATION LINE.

    TODAY'S MEETING WAS CALLED ESPECIALLY TO DEBATE THE BREACH BETWEEN PRAGUE AND MOSCOW. DELEGATES APPROVED A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PARTY'S STAND ON THE MATTER. THIS WAS OUTLINED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA'S DEVELOPMENTS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    THE CZECHOSLOVAK REPLY, PUBLISHED YESTERDAY, REFUTED CRITICISM AND TOLD THE SOVIET UNION AND ITS ALLIES THAT ANY RETURN TO DICTATORIAL METHODS WOULD CREATE A POWER CONFLICT.

    MR DUBCEK, REINFORCING HIS REFUSAL TO YIELD TO SOVIET PRESSURE FOR A CLAMPDOWN ON REFORM, TOLD THE MEETING THAT ANY RETURN TO ONE-MAN RULE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA WOULD TOTALLY DISCREDIT THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND RENDER IT A LIABILITY TO THE WORLD COMMUNIST MOVEMENT.

    AS THE PRAGUE MEETING WAS CONTINUING, THE SOVIET COMMUNIST NEWSPAPER, PRAVDA, CLAIMED THAT A CACHE OF AMERICAN MADE ARMS HAD BEEN FOUND IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA NEAR THE WEST GERMAN BORDER. PRAVDA CLAIMED THAT THIS WAS PART OF AN AMERICAN AND NATO INSPIRED PLOT TO SUBVERT AND EVENTUALLY INVADE CZECHOSLOVAKIA. THE OFFICIAL CZECHOSLOVAK NEWSAGENCY CONFIRMED THAT SOME ARMS HAD BEEN FOUND LAST WEEK AND THAT AN OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION WAS UNDER WAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36JY8GKV98JYE62GS2OEH0A08
    Media URN:
    VLVA36JY8GKV98JYE62GS2OEH0A08
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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