• Short Summary

    A CZECHOSLOVAK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TONIGHT (MONDAY) DENIED RUMOURS THAT SOVIET MILITARY UNITS HAS OCCUPIED LARGE FACTORIES IN PRAGUE.

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    A CZECHOSLOVAK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TONIGHT (MONDAY) DENIED RUMOURS THAT SOVIET MILITARY UNITS HAS OCCUPIED LARGE FACTORIES IN PRAGUE. REPORTS WERE CIRCULATING THROUGH PRAGUE THAT SOVIET TANKS AND TROOPS HAD TAKEN UP POSITIONS OUTSIDE FACTORIES FEARING UNREST OVER THE FUTURE OF JOSEF SMRKOVSKY, REGARDED AS A LEADING CZECH REFORMER.

    MR. SMRKOVSKY, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND A KEY SUPPORTER OF ALEXANDER DUBCEK, THE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST PARTY CHIEF IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, TODAY WENT ON TELEVISION TO DISSOCIATE HIMSELF FROM A HUGE WORKERS' CAMPAIGN TO HAVER HIM ELECTED HEAD OF THE NEW FEDERAL PARLIAMENT.

    MEANWHILE, THE CZECH COMMUNIST PARTY HAS DECIDED THAT THE COUNTRY'S NEW PRESIDENT SHOULD BE A SLOVAK BUT THAT MR. SMRKOVSKY, A CZECH, SHOULD STAY ON AS VICE PRESIDENT.

    REPORTS THAT MR. SMRKOVSKY WOULD BE REPLACED HAD LED TO THREATS OF STRIKES THROUGHOUT CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    MR. SMRKOVSKY SAID THE QUESTION OF PARLIAMENTARY LEADERSHIP WAS ONE WHICH DID NOT ALLOW DISCUSSION. "IF WE SPEAK OF LEGALITY AND RIGHTS THEN FOR ME THE DECISION OF THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES IS BINDING", HE SAID. MR. SMRKOVSKY ALSO SUPPORTED SLOVAK DEMANDS THAT THE NEW PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT SHOULD BE A SLOVAK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB2375LNNWRLSN3B92HRA56IWN
    Media URN:
    VLVAB2375LNNWRLSN3B92HRA56IWN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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