Prague Spring




Prague Spring

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

The night and morning of August 20-21, 1968, 40 years ago tonight, Soviet, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Polish and East German troops invaded Czechoslovakia.

Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization that began in January of that year when Slovak Alexander Dubček took power. It ended with the Soviet invasion, 72 Czechoslovakians were killed. Dubček was arrested and taken to Moscow, though he escaped severe punishment and served as speaker of the Czechoslovak parliament. The invasion was followed by a burst of emigration to Western countries, 300,000 Czechoslovaks in all.

Not much to say about it, really, just figured it was worth remembering.

Image: Banner reading "For Your Freedom And Ours," uploaded by Alex Bakharev, from Wikipedia, originally from alrapp.narod.ru.

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