Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Academics reject awards

Five top academics have refused to accept medals from the country's most prestigious university because they say other people receiving them were connected to the harsh and reactionary 'normalisation' policy carried out by the communist regime in the 1970s.

Anton Heretik, Eduard Krekovič, Brano Hochel, Valér Mikula and Soňa Szomolány wrote a letter to Comenius University refusing the awards, connected with the celebration of 80 years of the university's arts and science faculty.

They said that of the 100 people receiving the awards, a number had been involved in what through the 1970s was a brutal response to the 1968 Prague Spring uprising in Czechoslovakia.

"The politically motivated decisions of these people led to a human tragedy we can never repair. We can only take these awards as a gesture of disrespect against their victims," the professors said.

Faculty heads have denied that anyone receiving the prizes was connected to the normalisation policy.

Top stories

Shortage of vegetables in Europe’s supermarkets is a hoax

An overview of hoaxes that have appeared in the past few weeks

Household consumption improved.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Poll: Smer followed by SaS, KDH also in parliament

Had the general election taken place in mid-February, the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would place second, and the now extra-parliamentary KDH would get nine seats.

Alojz Hlina took over at the helm of KDH