• Short Summary

    PRAGUE CITIZENS WAITED EAGERLY TO HEAR FROM CZECH PRESIDENT SVOBODA AND COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER DUBCEK AFTER THEIR RETURN FROM THE MOSCOW TALKS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    PRAGUE CITIZENS WAITED EAGERLY TO HEAR FROM CZECH PRESIDENT SVOBODA AND COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER DUBCEK AFTER THEIR RETURN FROM THE MOSCOW TALKS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). AS THEY WAITED FOR THEIR LEADERS TO REPORT ON THE RESULTS OF THE TALKS, LIFE IN PRAGUE BEGAN TO TAKE ON MORE NORMAL OVERTONES, DESPITE THE PRESENCE OF SOVIET TROOPS ON PATROL.

    PRESIDENT SVOBODA AND MR DUBCEK RETURNED BY AIR FROM MOSCOW AND WENT IMMEDIATELY TO PRAGUE'S HRADCANY CASTLE, THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. AT THE CASTLE, FIRST SIGNS OF A RELAXATION OF THE WARSAW PACT INTERVENTIONS COULD BE SEEN. INSTEAD OF THE SOVIET TANKS AND TROOPS, ARMED CZECH SOLDIERS, WITH THEIR DISTINCTIVE RED HAT-BANDS, STOOD OUTSIDE ON GUARD DUTY. OVER THE CASTLE, A CZECH FLAG WAS FLYING AND ANOTHER WAS BEING DISPLAYED BY THE CROWD OUTSIDE.

    IN WENCESLAS SQUARE, THE SCENE OF PROTEST MEETING AND SPEECHES, COPIES OF UNDERGROUND NEWSPAPERS WERE HANDED OUT. THERE, TOO, CZECH TROOPS WERE IN EVIDENCE, AND CZECH ARMOURED CARS TOOK UP PATROL DUTIES. IN THE SQUARE, TRAMS WERE RUNNING ONCE MORE. THROUGHOUT THE CITY, ROAD REPAIR WORK AND STREET-CLEANING WAS BEING DONE ALONG STREETS WHICH EARLIER HAD ECHOED TO THE RUMBLE OF SOVIET ARMOUR.

    SOME OF THE CZECH TROOPS WORE THE CZECH NATIONAL COLOURS, RED, WHITE AND BLUE, ON THEIR TUNIC POCKETS WITH THE WORDS "YES, SVOBODA" ON THEM.

    CZECH POLICEMEN WERE ON DUTY BY THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. THE POLICEMEN DIRECTED SOVIET ARMOURED VEHICLES AWAY FROM THE GATES, CAUSING SOME CONFUSION AMONG THE SOVIET TROOPS WHO HAD NOT BEEN AWARE OF THE CHANGES IN PERSONNEL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJ0C44X5AX7O1O69LX6NS4KRX
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJ0C44X5AX7O1O69LX6NS4KRX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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