• ross1948 19:54 on August 22, 2018 Permalink Reply
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    Prague 68? Fifty Years On, Czechs Yet Deserve Solidarity!


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      All the old footage of how the Prague Spring was crushed, fifty years ago this month, evoked the memory of the night that the true spirit of marxism was revealed to those who had somehow not figured out its essential evil.

      Being undergrads, we were all sat in the student union bar when word came through the the Red tanks were rolling into Czechoslovakia.

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      A shared anguish and fury arose amongst us, a need to do something, however futile.

      There were no Soviet diplomatic outposts in the city, but there was a Polish Consulate, and the Polish Communist dictatorship had obediently played its puppet part, their forces joining the other Kremlin quisling regimes in the aggression.

      We headed there, not far away. It was closed, being mid-evening, and milled around, a few handmade placards, a bit of chanting, then the cops came and told us to go home.

      Needless to say, I argued back. We were doing no harm, not violent, so why not let us be?

      “We HAVE to do SOMETHING,” I told the bored sergeant.

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      He was oblivious, more upset, I’d say, about his disrupted tea-break than about brave Czechs facing invasion.

      A lone reporter from the local paper appeared. That probably prevented our arrest, but there wasn’t a lot more to do anyway, with no aggressors in their office to see or hear us.

      After an hour, off we drifted.

      Of course my friends and I organised a proper demo in the days afterwards.

      Now Czechs are free.

      A clean break from tyranny this time, no repetition of the ‘68 mistake…

      ….that naive belief that there might be some decency to be extracted from somewhere within communism.

      NO CHANCE!

      Instead, a fierce patriotic faith, never to let their land be over-run again, as their PM Andrej Babis, reminded us this week.

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      Andrej Babis with his wife

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      “We must first and foremost send a clear signal that Europe is closed and no one can come here anymore…if I said that we will not take in a single illegal migrant, then that’s what will happen.”

      Babis speaks for his nation!

      Czech Republic: 80 per cent don’t want migrants and reject EU plans – Voice of Europe  2017/12 

      Dec 15, 2017 · According to a CVVM opinion poll, four fifths of Czechs say they do not accept the EU’s quotas for housing migrants in the Czech Republic…
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      As in 1968, we should all show solidarity with the Czechs in their determination not to be pushed around by the Fourth Reich.

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      We didn’t in 1938: let’s pay that debt with interest.

     
    • Ernie Andrews 20:35 on August 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I was newly finished my last comment when this appeared and I have been reading it with interest.
      I was out on the streets when the Poles needed solidarity nearly 40 years ago.
      Like you, in 1968, we in 1981 just HAD to something, though at the time we did not think our gesture would end Communist rule.
      End it did, in all those countries, but now they, like us, are up against another Evil Empire, what you call the Fourth Reich.
      We should take a leaf out of the Polish book.
      An old-fashioned political party was not what overthrew the Communists in Warsaw. It needed nationwide resistance to the colaborators.
      Today in the UK?
      A mass movement, including Ukip but not just Ukip, taking action but not just political action.
      We could call it British Solidarity.

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