EASTERN EUROPE: Crackdown

With his chilling vision of man as a helpless pawn caught within a brutalizing bureaucracy, Franz Kafka would have been intrigued by the sad happenings in his native Prague last week. He would probably have seen both captor and captives as almost equally powerless. The captor, in this instance, was Party Leader Gustav Husák, who has repeatedly vowed since taking power in 1969 that supporters of ousted Reformer Alexander Dubček would not be put on trial for their roles in Prague's short-lived "springtime of freedom," which was crushed by the Soviet-led invasion...

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