• Short Summary

    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).

  • Description

    1.
    LV President Svoboda leading other dignitaries on to rostrum
    0.21

    2.
    SV Members seated
    0.22

    3.
    SV Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal speaking
    0.27

    4.
    LV Members of party standing
    0.29

    5.
    LV Members sitting down
    0.34

    6.
    CU President
    0.35

    7.
    BV Prime Minister speaking
    0.38

    8.
    SV Gustav Husak to rostrum
    0.53

    9.
    LV Members seated
    1.00

    10.
    CU Husak speaking and BV Ditto (Party First Secretary)
    1.04

    11.
    LV Members seated (2 shots)
    1.07

    12.
    CU Husak speaking and members listening
    1.15



    Initials OJP/JH/MH/1654 OJP/JH/MH/1711



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5YII1RXMPDY9N5HFYIPBEWSPU
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YII1RXMPDY9N5HFYIPBEWSPU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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