Australian Left Review

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10 Years Later


Jiri Pelikan


The “Prague Spring” of Czechoslovakia, 1968, is still discussed ten years after it was quelled by direct Soviet military intervention. Voices are still raised in Prague, despite repression and “normalisation” — like those of Dubcek, Kriegel, Kahout, Vaculik and other protagonists of 1968 who remain faithful to the ideals of the Prague Spring; the youth and political fringe; Christians; liberals and forbidden underground cultural movements which reject the hypocrisy of the occupation regime and demand respect for “human rights” . It is those disparate political and cultural elements which form the “Charter 77” movement.