East-West: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

As soon as the Czechoslovak regime grants one reform, the people demand another

At 10:55 a.m. last Tuesday, Vaclav Havel stepped from a silver Volkswagen Golf and, trailed by eight fellow members of the Civic Forum, proceeded to a second-floor conference room in the cream stucco building. Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec opened the talks with a seven-minute statement outlining the government's concessions. In return, Adamec said, "please terminate your strikes. This is my wish and my plea." Havel was in no mood to be conciliatory. For the next 18 minutes, he listed the Civic Forum's demands, all of which, he said, must be met by Dec. 10.

"I know that looks like an ultimatum,"...

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