• Short Summary

    EMIL ZATOPECK, CZECHOSLOVAKIA'S OLYMPIC HERO, HAS STRONGLY CONDEMNED MILITARY INTERVENTION IN HIS COUNTRY BY RUSSIA AND HER WARSAW PACT ALLIES.

  • Description


    INTERVIEW WITH ZATOPECK TALKING ABOUT INTERVENTION, AND FUTURE CONVENTION. (SOUND ON FILM)



    TRANSCRIPT: ZATOPECK: "IT IS A HORRIBLE THING FOR THE SOVIET UNION, AND TO MAKE ALL THIS NECESSARY IN THIS YEAR OF 1968, WHICH IS A YEAR OF HUMAN RIGHTS, IN THIS YEAR OF THE 19TH OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO. AND TO SCRATCH ALL HUMAN RIGHTS ONLY FOR TO SCRATCH OUR FREEDOM. OH, I DON'T HOLD IT WAS A GOOD JOKE ON THE SIDE OF THE SOVIET UNION."



    REPORTER: "THERE ARE NOW AN ESTIMATED HALF MILLION OR MORE SOVIET AND WARSAW BLOC SOLDIERS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA. DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN TO MAINTAIN AND PRESERVE SOME OF THE FREEDOMS YOU HAVE WON IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS?"



    ZATOPECK: "NO, BUT WE DON'T NEED TO PRESERVE ALL THIS FREEDOM. FOR US IT WAS ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT MEANS FREEDOM, WHAT MEANS TRUTH, WHAT MEANS DEMOCRACY, WHAT MEANS HUMAN FEELINGS. WHAT MEANS REAL TRUE AND HONEST POLITICS. IT IS ENOUGH FOR US. AND NOW FOR OTHER COUNTRYS. FOR INSTANCE, THE POLISH TROOPS. IT WAS ALSO ENOUGH TO SEE WHAT MEANS THIS DIRECTIVE FROM MOSCOW AND WHAT MEANS THE RESULT OF THIS DIRECTIVE. THIS HONEST THING (INDISTINCT) WHICH MEANS ALMOST THE SAME IN HUNGARY, ALSO IN RUSSIAN ARMY AND RUSSIAN NATION. WHAT IT MEANS THIS PROCLAMATION OF WONDERFUL, NICE FEELING OF HUMAN POLITICS ... BUT ONLY PROCLAMATION. AND THIS CRUEL POLITICS IN PRACTISE."



    REPORTER: "WHAT IS YOUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, FOR YOURSELF AND FOR CZECHOSLOVAKIA?"



    ZATOPECK: "IF PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT IS THE TRUTH IT IS ENOUGH FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THIS."




    Initials CTRG/V/CR/SC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: EMIL ZATOPECK, CZECHOSLOVAKIA'S OLYMPIC HERO, HAS STRONGLY CONDEMNED MILITARY INTERVENTION IN HIS COUNTRY BY RUSSIA AND HER WARSAW PACT ALLIES.

    SPEAKING IN PRAGUE ON THURSDAY, ZATOPECK SAID THE ACT OF INTERVENTION HAD CHANGED HIS COUNTRY'S LOVE FOR RUSSIA "INTO GREAT HATRED ... POSSIBLY FOR A THOUSAND YEARS".

    ZATOPECK, A 46-YEAR-OLD COLONEL, IN THE CZECH ARMY, WON THREE MEDALS FOR HIS COUNTRY IN THE HELSINKI OLYMPIC GAMES OF 1952.

    HE ACCUSED THE RUSSIANS OF "ACTING LIKE BARBARIANS" BY BRINGING HER ALLIES INTO CZECHOSLOVAKIA WITHOUT INVITATION OR CAUSE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4L937C2DS6CMI6LS3M2FN6GQ5
    Media URN:
    VLVA4L937C2DS6CMI6LS3M2FN6GQ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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