Students in Prague mounted a protest, and demanded to speak to Dubcek
. He turned up to explain his choice.
The 89-year-old was best known for her portrayal of Mrs Dubcek
on popular American sitcom '3rd Rock From the Sun'
1969 - Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek
If Alexander Dubcek
's "communism with a human face" couldn't be tolerated in an ally, it wouldn't be tolerated at home.
, A., Dubcek
: autobiografia del lider de la primavera de Praga, Barcelona: Prensa Iberica, 1993.
There have been many communists who have showed you could be radically left-wing at the same time as being democratic: including those in power in Czechoslovakia in 1968, with Alexander Dubcek
; in opposition in Italy from the 1940s to the 1980s; in state structures in West Bengal from the late 1970s to 2011; in local government in France, where French communists have long been a strong and sustained presence; or in illegal underground operations in South Africa under apartheid and in many other repressive regimes.
Overnight, the Soviets had invaded, crushing Alexander Dubcek
's nascent counter-revolution, and the country's all-too-brief flirtation with political reform.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviets intervened in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia supposedly to save the local regimes against "enemies of Socialism." Wladyslaw Gomulka in Poland, Janos Kadar in Hungry and Alexander Dubcek
in Czechoslovakia were first saved and then dumped.
Hence, some of the tragedy is really the tragedy of his nation: the Nazi invasion and domination during WWII: the Soviet "liberation" followed by a Communist electoral victory and then liquidation of the democratic order; the Dubcek
reforms and the savage suppression of all attempts to liberalize the political order.
In 1989, Alexander Dubcek
, the former Czechoslovak Communist leader who was deposed in a Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968, was named president of the country's parliament.