Heger condemned the occupation of Czechoslovakia, talks about the parallel with Ukraine – Domáce – Správy

Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) spoke about the parallel with the situation in Ukraine during the commemoration of the anniversary of the occupation of Czechoslovakia in front of Bratislava’s Comenius University.


Štúrova Street in Bratislava during the invasion in 1968

According to him, the occupation of a free country by foreign troops cannot be accepted. He sees the strongest legacy of the occupation in the strength of people who did not give up, believed and finally achieved freedom.

“The Prague Spring represented the desire of our citizens for freedom, for a better life,” underlined the prime minister, noting that the occupation suppressed it. “We longed for freedom, for a better life. And people in Ukraine want the same thing,” he added.

He also sees a parallel with the current situation in the fact that, just as Moscow punished Czechoslovakia during the occupation, it has also punished Ukraine now. “Moscow did not grant freedom to the citizens of another state,” he declared.

Heger also pointed out the fragility of peace and freedom. “Freedom is under attack not only in Ukraine today. Freedom is under attack in our country too. I dare say that Moscow is waging a hybrid war with Europe today,” he said. He pointed to the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis. He declared that the government will not leave the citizens without help.

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It is a duty to act so that the drama of August “68” does not repeat itself

Today, Slovakia decides its future freely and on its own. It is both an opportunity and an obligation to act in such a way that the drama of August 1968 does not repeat itself. The President of the SR Zuzana Čaputová stated this during Friday’s commemoration on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the occupation in front of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

“We are facing massive propaganda, spreading lies, hatred. We are exposed to efforts to divide into enemy camps. But fate is in our hands. We have the opportunity and the obligation to act in such a way that we no longer experience the drama of August 1968. It is this legacy that we should remember these days,” declared the president.

As she stated, today Slovakia decides freely and independently about its future. “We do not live in a bipolar world like in 1968, when the states on the other side of the Iron Curtain could not help us in any way. We have become part of the democratic international community, which helps Ukraine under attack,” said Čaputová. As she pointed out, who else should understand a difficult country than those who were normalized under the barrels of rifles and tanks.

The head of state considers it important to remember the events connected with the occupation by Warsaw Pact troops and all the victims. “The stories of people who were marked by August 1968 and the subsequent normalization events are still alive today,” she noted. In the context of the war in Ukraine, according to her, the memory of the events of 1968 has the potential of a current threat.

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Kollar: The occupation was treason

Democracy is the best thing we have today. The occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops was an attack on the sovereignty of our country, an attempt to suppress democratization processes and expressions of freedom, and it was also treason.

Speaker of the Parliament Boris Kollár (We are a family) announced this during a commemoration on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the occupation in front of Bratislava’s Comenius University. Kollar underlined the heroism of the people who resisted the occupation.

“Even if it is difficult to talk about the wrongs and atrocities of the past, we still have to talk about it. And as an advanced democratic nation, we must constantly remind ourselves of the past, because democracy is not a gift that we have acquired and already have permanently, it is something that we must constantly maintain,” Kollár said.

According to him, the occupation of Czechoslovakia still carries an unrelenting guilt. He underlined that Slovakia lost not only those who were killed by soldiers, but also those who were imprisoned, persecuted or kidnapped during the following years.

According to him, hundreds of thousands of human destinies were marked by normalization, and plans and ideas about further life in a freer society were also destroyed.

“Instead of reforms, only a rigid normalization regime prevailed, which slowed down social, political and economic development for more than twenty years. Thanks to that, I know today that democracy is the best thing we have today. Thanks to the values ​​it presents, we have free elections, we can gather, express our dissatisfaction, travel, get to know each other and, above all, we can work together to improve our country,” he concluded.

However, according to him, we should not forget the fallen soldiers of the Red Army, which freed us from fascism.

In connection with the current situation, he noted that our eastern neighbors are experiencing a similarly unprecedented attack by the Russian regime on their freedom and democracy. He pointed out that anyone thinking of using military force or using it should fully realize that the will for freedom and sovereignty can hardly be broken. “And just as the Soviet troops had to leave us in the end without fanfare and ceremonial speeches, I firmly believe that it will be the same in Ukraine,” he added.

Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.

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