Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Ties between Romania and Dubček strong

The bust by Vít Bojňanský should commemorate an important Slovak personality in Romanian capital.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák(Source: TASR)

Ties between Alexander Dubček and Bucharest are stronger than many people realise, said Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák during the unveiling of a bust of the politician known for the Prague Spring reform efforts in a park in the centre of the Romanian capital on August 30.

During Czechoslovakia’s occupation by the Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968, Romania was the sole country in this group to refuse to participate in the invasion and to condemn it, Lajčák said.

“This is something that actually unites us and the historic ties between our two nations confirm it,” he added, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The bust was created based on the initiative of the Slovak Ambassador for Bucharest Ján Gábor, with support from the Slovak government and thanks to the friendly approach of Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea, the minister said.

He described Dubček as a leader who understood people and whom people understood. Dubček has become the embodiment of a democratic reform process that was seen as a direct threat by communist leaders, as reported by TASR.

The bust’s creator is sculptor Vít Bojňanský.

Dubček (1921-1992), as secretary-general of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, was a Slovak politician who attempted to reform the communist regime during the Prague Spring of 1968 but was forced to resign following the invasion. Later, after the overthrow of the communist government in 1989, he was Chairman of the federal Czechoslovak parliament – the House of Nations. Also in 1989, the European Parliament awarded Dubček the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, TASR wrote.

Top stories

Voters don’t understand self-governing regions

Rules for regional elections change, which may bring some surprising victories.

One of the biggest fights is expected in Banská Bystrica Region.

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships. He allegedly did not expect it and was easy with the idea he would not win.

Blog: Why did I come here?

A group of teachers and students from the Bratislava-based school gathered to support their friend, colleague, and fellow foreigner, as she had already tried four times just to get in the door of the foreign police.

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Teachers and scientist support anti-corruption march

They praise the activities of students who may change the current state of corruption.

Organisers of the first student protest, Karolína Farská and Dávid Straka.