The Czechoslovakia Communist Party Central Committee, meeting for the first time in six months, began a plenary session in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle on Thursday (10 December).
LV President Svoboda leading other dignitaries on to rostrum
SV Members seated
SV Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal speaking
LV Members of party standing
LV Members sitting down
BV Prime Minister speaking
SV Gustav Husak to rostrum
LV Members seated
CU Husak speaking and BV Ditto (Party First Secretary)
LV Members seated (2 shots)
CU Husak speaking and members listening
Initials OJP/JH/MH/1654 OJP/JH/MH/1711
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Background: The Czechoslovakia Communist Party Central Committee, meeting for the first time in six months, began a plenary session in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle on Thursday (10 December).
President Svoboda joined other dignitaries for the opening of session.
Main purpose of the Central Committee Session was to discuss the results of the party's 11-month purge, which included the expulsion of former leader Alexander Dubcek, and to consider the 1968 crisis and tasks for the future.
Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal warned factory managers they could lose their jobs if they continued setting as low goals as possible. He was emphasising that concealment of potential should be discouraged as it could halt achievement and necessitate economic reform. Economic reform, which included monetary incentives, was planned by the Czechoslovakian authorities before the 1968 invasion, but was never implemented.
The main report, on the party purge, was delivered by Dr. Gustav Husak the party's First Secretary. In it, he estimated that 310,000 Communists...more than 20 percent of party members...had been removed. The 133-man Central Committee is not however empowered to make changes in the party presidium.