Monday, August 26, 2013

10 Russians Detained for Commemorating Czechoslovakian Invasion

Ten protesters were detained Sunday for rallying on Moscow’s iconic Red Square to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia — and replicate the 1968 protest rally that got its participants jailed, exiled or forcibly committed to psychiatric institutions. In August 1968, Soviet and Warsaw pact tanks and troops entered Czechoslovakia to quell the Prague Spring – the Czechoslovakian socialist government’s attempt to carry out liberal reforms and build “socialism with a human face.” Seventy-two people were killed and hundreds injured, and reformist leader Alexander Dubcek was eventually forced to resign.

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