The World: The Other Face

Supporters of Alexander Dubcek's ill-fated 1968 attempt to give "socialism a human face" in Czechoslovakia are being punished in such numbers that even Western Communists have begun to protest. Last week in the seventh known trial since July 17, former Czech Communist Party College Rector Milan Hübl, 45, and two other men were accused of distributing "provocative printed matter" in order to weaken "the socialist system in the state." That is, they had passed out pamphlets during Czechoslovakia's elections last fall, informing voters of their constitutional right to cross out names of the government-sponsored slate or not vote at all. Hübl,,...