• Short Summary

    POLICE ARMED WITH RUBBER TRUNCHEONS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) SCATTERED CROWDS ON WENCESLAS SQUARE AS CZECHOSLOVAKIA MARKED A MAY DAY TONED DOWN TO PREVENT ANTI-SOVIET INCIDENTS.

  • Description

    POLICE ARMED WITH RUBBER TRUNCHEONS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) SCATTERED CROWDS ON WENCESLAS SQUARE AS CZECHOSLOVAKIA MARKED A MAY DAY TONED DOWN TO PREVENT ANTI-SOVIET INCIDENTS. AS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WITH FLAGS AND FLOWERS ARRIVED AT THE STATUE OF KING WENCESLAS POLICE FORMED A MOVING CORDON TO STOP A DEMONSTRATION GETTING UNDER WAY.

    THE WENCESLAS STATUE HAS BECOME A NATIONAL SHRINE OF PROTEST SINCE THE AUGUST WARSAW PACT OCCUPATION. BUT THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF STRONG PROTEST YESTERDAY AS RAIN BEAT DOWN ON A SUBDUED CITY.

    BY MID-DAY THE BASE OF THE STATUE WAS COVERED WITH FLOWERS, WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED THE CROWDS FILTERED QUIETLY INTO SIDE STREETS. AFTER THEY HAD CLEARED THE SQUARE THE POLICE WITHDREW AND CROWDS GATHERED AROUND THE STATUE AGAIN.

    POLICE SQUADS BACKED BY SOLDIERS PATROLLED THE STREETS OF THE CAPITAL ALL DAY, BUT THERE WERE NO CLASHES.

    THE NEW AUTHORITARIAN PARTY LEADERSHIP OF DR. GUSTAV HUSAK CANCELLED THE TRADITIONAL MILITARY DAY PARADE IN PRAGUE TO PREVENT A REPETITION OF THE ANTI-SOVIET OUTBURSTS IN MARCH.

    SPEAKING AT A MAY DAY RALLY IN BRATISLAVA, THE SLOVAK CAPITAL, DR. HUSAK SAID THAT THE COMMUNIST PARTY NOW SOUGHT TO ELIMINATE DANGERS FROM PUBLIC LIFE AND CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COULD CONCENTRATE ON THEIR WORK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56PFAGQ7X7NE63RROHV3LWTSP
    Media URN:
    VLVA56PFAGQ7X7NE63RROHV3LWTSP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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