When it was all over (except for some tears and a little killing), the victors celebrated. Last Saturday was proclaimed "Police Day" in Prague, to honor the men who had made the victory possible. Spread in massive ranks across the old town square stood thousands of policemen and militiamen, agents of the force which hoped to celebrate Police Day the world over. Before them, amid Prague's grey and ancient statuary, sat Communist Premier Klement Gottwald, surrounded by his new cabinet, a smug, squat figure of triumph.

The first Police Day speaker had...

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