CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Dirty Clothes on the Line

At first, Communist authorities were inclined to put it down to college-boy pranks. But it was unsettling to see university students in Prague and Bratislava using the newly revived May festivities this year to lampoon the Communist regime—by such means as parading a trussed-up student bearing the sign ACADEMIC FREEDOM. Even more disturbing, Czech students were showing themselves heady with ideas not found in their government -approved textbooks: they began organizing groups, holding meetings, making demands of the Minister of Education. Before the authorities knew what was happening, Prague students had drawn up several resolutions demanding "democratization of public...

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