CZECHOSLOVAKIA Anniversary Blues

Notes CZECHOSLOVAKIA Anniversary Blues

When playwright Vaclav Havel arrived at a restaurant for a meeting of the Helsinki Human Rights Monitoring Committee last week, other members shouted at him to flee. Havel, who was released from prison in May after a conviction for inciting antistate activities, obeyed the warning and thus avoided becoming the 16th committee member arrested by security police for unspecified reasons. In a continuing crackdown underscoring its resistance to reform, the government of Milos Jakes last week also briefly arrested five human rights activists meeting in a private apartment.

Still facing charges of inciting antistate activities was the most prominent victim of...

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