• Short Summary

    THERE WERE SCUFFLES AND FISTFIGHTS IN PRAGUE TODAY (SUNDAY) BETWEEN PRO-SOVIET AND ANTI-SOVIET GROUPS FOLLOWING A MEETING OF A SOVIET-CZECHOSLOVAK FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY.

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    THERE WERE SCUFFLES AND FISTFIGHTS IN PRAGUE TODAY (SUNDAY) BETWEEN PRO-SOVIET AND ANTI-SOVIET GROUPS FOLLOWING A MEETING OF A SOVIET-CZECHOSLOVAK FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY.

    AT THE MEETING, A FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. VACLAV DAVID, PRAISED THE SOVIET ARMY AND DEMANDED DISMISSAL OF WHO HE CALLED "THE GUILTY ONES". HE WAS THOUGHT TO BE REFERRING TO SUPPORTERS OF THE CZECH PREMIER, MR. ALEXANDER DUBCEK. THE 4-THOUSAND MEN AND WOMEN WHO PACKED THE MEETING HALL BURST INTO APPLAUSE EVERY FEW MINUTES DURING THE SPEECHES. THE FRIENDSHIP MEETING COINCIDED WITH THE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF RUSSIA'S BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION.

    A HOSTILE CROWD OF ABOUT 300 DUBCEK SUPPORTERS STOOD OUTSIDE THE MEETING HALL IN DRIZZLING RAIN AND SHOUTED "COLLABORATORS" AND "RUSSIANS GO HOME" WHEN THE AUDIENCE EMERGED. SOME OF THE WOMEN WHO CAME OUT OF THE MEETING SHOOK HANDS WITH SOVIET SOLDIERS IN A BUS AND FISTFIGHTS AND SCUFFLES BETWEEN THE TWO FACTIONS STARTED. BUT CZECH ARMY MEN AND POLICEMEN PATROLLED THE AREA IN FORCE AND THERE WAS LITTLE SERIOUS TROUBLE. EYEWITNESSES SAID THAT A FEW ARREST WERE MADE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACJE5GFYHAFFFEZ0HU0NJ3XA66
    Media URN:
    VLVACJE5GFYHAFFFEZ0HU0NJ3XA66
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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