• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA ARE PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS SINCE THE SOVIET UNION'S INTERVENTION IN AUGUST.

  • Description

    THE PEOPLE OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA ARE PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS SINCE THE SOVIET UNION'S INTERVENTION IN AUGUST. THE STREETS OF PRAGUE ARE LINED WITH GAY AND COLOURFUL DECORATIONS, AND SHOPS AND DEPARTMENT STORES REPORT STEADY TRADING.

    MANY CZECH PEOPLE WHO HAD TO VISIT THE SOVIET UNION BY CAR MUST NOW REMAIN IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. PRAGUE RADIO ANNOUNCED RECENTLY THAT CZECHOSLOVAKIA CITIZENS WILL LONGER BE PERMITTED TO DRIVE INTO THE SOVIET UNION.

    NO REASON WAS GIVEN FOR THE RESTRICTION BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE AIM IS TO PREVENT CZECHOSLOVAKS FROM COMING INTO CONTACT WITH RUSSIAN VILLAGERS.

    IN PRAGUE, MANY WREATHS HAVE BEEN LAID ON A STATUE TO COMMEMORATE THOSE PEOPLE WHO DIED DURING THE WARSAW PACT INTERVENTION.

    SO FAR, THERE'S BEEN NO CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CZECH LEADERS.

    BUT IN A SPEECH ON THURSDAY NIGHT, THE CZECHOSLOVAK COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER, ALEXANDER DUBCEK, DEMANDED PARTY UNITY AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE'S RESOLUTION IN NOVEMBER WHICH HERALDED TOUGHER CONTROLS ON THE PRESS AND IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

    MEANWHILE, THE CZECH GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO ALLOW ONE OF TWO BANNED POLITICAL MAGAZINES TO RESUME PUBLICATION FOR CHRISTMAS THE MAGAZINE'S EDITOR AND ENTIRE STAFF WILL BE RETAINED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA6K66Y60FEDU8HK533AJ32QWU
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6K66Y60FEDU8HK533AJ32QWU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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