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It’s not Czechoslovakia 1968

by Jan Magicek, No Bases campaign
Issue No. 2115

In the Czech Republic, just as in most European countries, we have been watching television pictures of Georgia’s “brave” president Mikheil Saakashvili “defending his small country against imperial Russia”.

Many right wing commentators have compared the present crisis in the Caucasus to the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

They do not care that Saakashvili has imprisoned political oppositions, called a state of emergency during protests against him and is a corrupt authoritarian.

The Czech government has condemned Russian aggression against the “territorial integrity” of Georgia. Yet the Czech Republic for the past six years has helped Georgia and so prepared for Saakashvili’s decision to launch his war.

Meanwhile the left has been busy with the No Bases campaign against plans to deploy US military radar systems in Czech Republic.

On Thursday of this week we are set to organise a “no more foreign troops” protest to remember the invasion 40 year ago and demand that it should never be repeated by any state.

Our petition calling for a national referendum on the building of radar bases has attracted some 130,000 signatures. Despite the media’s anti-Russian provocations and the government’s determination to push the radar project through, the majority of people are against the bases. Our fight against the new imperial order in Europe continues.

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