Czech officials mark 41st anniversary of Soviet-led invasion

21-08-2009

Czech prime minister Jan Fischer and other state officials have attended a ceremony outside the Czech Radio building to mark the 41st anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968. Speaking at the event, Mr Fischer emphasised the pivotal role of Czechoslovak Radio in the days following the Warsaw Pact invasion which crushed the Prague Spring reform movement. Over 100 people were killed and more than 500 injured in clashes with the occupational forces by the end of 1968. The Czechoslovak Radio building in Prague was the scene of some of the heaviest clashes between Soviet troops and Czech protesters in August 1968.