• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS CRAMMED INTO A HALL IN THE CENTRE OF PRAGUE LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) TO HEAR FRESH ATTACKS AGAINST CZECHOSLOVAK PRESIDENT NOVOTNY.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS CRAMMED INTO A HALL IN THE CENTRE OF PRAGUE LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) TO HEAR FRESH ATTACKS AGAINST CZECHOSLOVAK PRESIDENT NOVOTNY. BUT ONE SPEAKER, PARTY PRESIDIUM MEMBER JOZEF SMIRKOVSKY, A CANDIDATE FOR A TOP GOVERNMENT POST, URGED THE STUDENTS TO 'KEEP CONTROL' WHILE BEING RADICAL AND MORE REVOLUTIONARY.

    PRESIDENT NOVOTNY HAS ALREADY BEEN PUBLICLY INDICTED AS A MAN WHO ABUSED AUTHORITY. TODAY (THURSDAY) ANOTHER OF THE PRESIDENT'S STAUNCHNESS PARTY SUPPORTERS, MICHAL CHUDIK, RESIGNED FROM A SENIOR POST IN THE CZECHOSLOVAKIA COMMUNIST PARTY.

    DURING THE LAST NIGHT'S MEETING, SPEAKERS DENOUNCED THE 'REIGN OF TERROR' IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, AND THE PRESIDENT WAS ACCUSED OF PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN THE STALINIST PURGES.

    MR. SMIRKOVSKY ASKED THE YOUTHFUL AUDIENCE TO CONTROL THEMSELVES DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS. "WE HAVE THE DUTY", HE SAID, "TO SEE THAT NOTHING AFFECTS OUR COUNTRY, THAT NOTHING HAPPENS THAT WOULD LEAD TO DISASTER". EVENTS LIKE THOSE IN WARSAW, HE SAID, WOULD BE A BLOW TO THE GOVERNMENT'S WORK AND WOULD UNDERMINE THEIR EFFORTS.

    IT WAS ALSO REPORTED TODAY THAT PRESIDENT NOVOTNY'S SON HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH 'MANIPULATING THE SALE OF CARS.' LAST WEEK HE HAD ALSO ADMITTED THAT HE WAS A FRIEND OF MAJOR-GENERAL JAN SEJNA WHO HAS DEFECTED TO THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6OOEJUHAHEZ2YHO51H4X3EYCV
    Media URN:
    VLVA6OOEJUHAHEZ2YHO51H4X3EYCV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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