Slovakia remembers Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia

A commemorative event was held in Bratislava on Friday, August 19, devoted to the victims of the Warsaw Pact invasion to what was then Czechoslovakia. The invasion began on August 21, 1968. The chairman of the Slovak Confederation of Political Prisoners Anton Srholec said that it is still important to commemorate the August 21 events in order to realise how fragile Slovaks' freedom is. "This is the day when we praise freedom in order to understand how delicate it is," Srholec said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, at the remembrance event, which took place beside a commemorative plaque installed on Comenius University's Law School building. The plaque lists the victims who died on the first day of the invasion.

A commemorative event was held in Bratislava on Friday, August 19, devoted to the victims of the Warsaw Pact invasion to what was then Czechoslovakia. The invasion began on August 21, 1968. The chairman of the Slovak Confederation of Political Prisoners Anton Srholec said that it is still important to commemorate the August 21 events in order to realise how fragile Slovaks' freedom is. "This is the day when we praise freedom in order to understand how delicate it is," Srholec said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, at the remembrance event, which took place beside a commemorative plaque installed on Comenius University's Law School building. The plaque lists the victims who died on the first day of the invasion.

"Forgive but don't forget," President Ivan Gašparovič said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, as he laid wreaths to the victims of the Soviet-led 1968 invasion.

The invasion of Czechoslovakia by five Warsaw Pact armies – from the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary and Poland – took place on the night of August 20/21, 1968. The operation was designed to halt the political reforms of the Czechoslovak Communist Party regime headed by Alexander Dubček. More than 100 Slovaks and Czechs were killed during the invasion, which thwarted the hopes of the Prague Spring reform movement of 1968.

Sources: SITA, TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: The Gale targets corruption, cabinet officially prolongs curfew

Slovakia learned about biggest corporate taxpayers, the president signed laws changing the minimum wage and 13th pensions. Read the latest news overview.

Mobile testing units were built in the Hviezdoslavovo Square in Bratislava.

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov

Storm transforms into Gale. More judges and an influential businessman detained

The police raid related to corruption in Bratislava courts.

Businessman Zoroslav Kollár (l) was brought to NAKA.