• Short Summary

    THE WHITE, RED AND GOLD FLAG OF PRESIDENT NOVOTNY IS REPORTED TO BE STILL FLYING ABOVE THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN PRAGUE AS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FOLLOWERS CONTINUE TO RESIST PRESSURE FOR HIM TO RESIGN.

  • Description

    THE WHITE, RED AND GOLD FLAG OF PRESIDENT NOVOTNY IS REPORTED TO BE STILL FLYING ABOVE THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN PRAGUE AS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FOLLOWERS CONTINUE TO RESIST PRESSURE FOR HIM TO RESIGN.

    IN PRAGUE THE SITUATION IS CALM, FOLLOWING LARGE SCALE DEMONSTRATION IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, AND MOST OF THE PRESSURE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND THE WHAT IS TERMED THE 'OLD GUARD' OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN REGIME IS REPORTED TO BE COMING FROM POLITICAL GROUPS. PRESIDENT NOVOTNY WAS REMOVED FROM LEADERSHIP OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN COMMUNIST PARTY IN JANUARY.

    THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF MISUSING HIS AUTHORITY AND OPPOSING LIBERALISATION. YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) TWO MINISTERS, JOSEF KUDRNA -- INTERIOR MINISTER - AND JAN BARTUSKA - ATTORNEY GENERAL - WERE DISMISSED FROM OFFICE. PUBLIC CALLS FOR PRESIDENT NOVOTNY'S RESIGNATION HAVE BEEN WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT ALEXANDER DUBCEK, WHO ASSUMED PARTY LEADERSHIP FROM THE PRESIDENT, WILL TAKE OVER THE LEADERSHIP OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA AFTER PRESIDENT NOVOTNY'S RESIGNATION.

    A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE HAS BEEN REPORTED IN PRAGUE SINCE/THE CHANGE IN THE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADERSHIP. THE VISNEWS CAMERAMAN WHO TOOK THIS FILM REPORTED AN UNCOMMON FREEDOM IN FILMING. HE SAID THAT THE GUARD OUTSIDE THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE AND THE COMMUNIST PARTY HEADQUARTERS WAS MINIMAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVARGDL3EX8A4SSF8JCUQT8DXB
    Media URN:
    VLVARGDL3EX8A4SSF8JCUQT8DXB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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