• Short Summary

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA TODAY (TUESDAY) PLANTED A FLOWER GARDEN AROUND A SHRINE TO THE DEAD OF THE WARSAW PACT INTERVENTION -- THEIR ANSWER TO A SOVIET DEMAND THAT A STUDENT VIGIL AT THE KING WENCESLAS STATUE MUST END IMMEDIATELY.

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    STUDENT VIGIL AT STATUE -- SOME HOLDING BLACK FLAGS OTHERS HOLDING NATIONAL FLAGS; POLICE MOVING STUDENTS ON; FLOWERS BEING MOVED AWAY; EARTH SPREAD OUT BY WORKMEN; FLOWERS PLANTED.




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    Background: CZECHOSLOVAKIA TODAY (TUESDAY) PLANTED A FLOWER GARDEN AROUND A SHRINE TO THE DEAD OF THE WARSAW PACT INTERVENTION -- THEIR ANSWER TO A SOVIET DEMAND THAT A STUDENT VIGIL AT THE KING WENCESLAS STATUE MUST END IMMEDIATELY.

    THE RUSSIANS WARNED THAT IF THE STUDENTS, SOME HOLDING BLACK FLAGS, OTHERS HOLDING NATIONAL FLAGS, DID NOT MOVE AWAY BY THE AFTERNOON, TANKS WOULD CRUSH THE MAKESHIFT SHRINE OF FLOWERS IN FRONT OF THE STATUE OF GOOD KING WENCESLAS, PATRON SAINT OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    THE CITY AUTHORITIES QUICKLY MOVED IN A CONVOY OF PARK DEPARTMENT TRUCKS LOADED WITH EARTH AND POTTED PLANTS. WHILE THE LILIES AND CARNATIONS BEFORE THE STATUE WERE PLACED ON THE PLINTH, A SQUAD OF CITY GARDENERS SPREAD EARTH OVER THE FLAG-STONES AND PLANTED ROWS OF FLOWERS.

    THE LITTLE GARDEN EFFECTIVELY KEPT STUDENTS AT A DISTANCE AND ONLY ONE SLOGAN WAS LEFT ON THE EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF THE 10TH CENTURY SAINT. IT SAID: "TRUTH WILL PREVAIL."

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    Film ID:
    VLVADDGEMNW2NA96JS2DW9Z0ITEXK
    Media URN:
    VLVADDGEMNW2NA96JS2DW9Z0ITEXK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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