Prague, the winter of 1998:
Øyvind Fretheim and
I traveled to Prague in the end of January to get away from the
cold Scandinavia, only to find a city that was even colder, and
where the air was filled with dust and exhaust-gases.
But Prague is after all an
old city filled with historical places and culture plus cheep
beer, so we had a good time anyway. This year it is 30 years
since the "Prague-spring" when the former Czechslovakia
tried to tear itself away from the cold grip of the Soviet-union.
As history can tell, it didn't succeed, and in the autumn of
1968 the Soviet invaded the country and inserted a "dummy
government" loyal to them.
We where looking after remains
from the spring of 1968, but it was the "Velvet-revolution"
of 1989 that people talked about. I can understand this, since
it was this event that changed everything.
Today Czechslovakia is history
and Prague is the capitol of the new Czech republic. The Czech people
are very proud of the "Velvet-revolution", and the leading
dissident of the uprising, Vaclak Havel, was elected president for
another five years in January.
The memorial for Jan Palak, who
burned himself to death in protest against the Soviet invasion in
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panoramas from Háje, Prague
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