ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Export as Status Symbol

recent plenary session of the Czectro- slovak communist party central committee was a clear pointer. A major theme of the address was that "class solidarity with the Soviet Union is the fundamental principle that our party has never abandoned and from which it will not depart today". Within the country, the paramount need was to adopt "a clear position against any adventurist efforts" and to isolate "anti-SociaIist" forces which "take advantage of people's lack of political experience, and particularly that of young people". Inside the communist party itself, "we must place groat stress on the struggle against infiltration of liberalistic and non- Marxist views, against a policy of radical slogans and gestures". Clearly, Dubcek's position on "adventurism" and "struggle against anti-socialist forces" and the like is much closer to that of the Russians now than it was before August. No wonder, popular demonstrations, such as are still permitted, no more express solidarity with Dubcek and his colleagues but articulate bitter disappointment with what they have been forced to give away. The causation is circular. The more their Soviet-dictated policies lose them popular support, the more pliant instruments of Soviet policy the Czech leaders become.

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