On Wenceslas Square in Prague, thousands of people gathered at a concert on Tuesday evening, recalling that exactly 50 years ago the invasion of Czechoslovakia had begun with the Warsaw Pact troops. With the song Martha & # 39; s prayer was performed by singer Marta Kubišová, other famous songs were heard by contemporary artists such as Aneta Langerová, Jan Kirschner and Vojtěch Dyk and Matěj Ruppert.
The Wenceslas Square filled thousands of people, whose atmosphere of the time and events of that time would bring many famous artists with songs from the sixties and songs by Karel Kryl with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Petr Malásek. People filled the upper half of the square from the St. Wenceslas monument to the Vodičkova street.
The program started at 8 pm with an editorial document with the witnesses of August 1968. It was, for example, the politician Petr Pithart or the screenwriter Zdeněk Svěrák who remembered how he invaded the invasion. The individual performances were alternated with the recordings of Czechoslovak radio from August 1968 and the memories of other witnesses.
The event was attended by Marta Kubišová, Jan Kirschner, Aneta Langerová, Vojta Dyk and others. During the concert, only songs from the sixties, but in a new version, were chosen. The audience heard the new arrangements of Lady Carneval, Brother, Closet, Turtle or Clown & # 39; s Confession.
"People died on Wenceslas Square and above the radio, and we are reminded today," said Petr Marek, the organizers of the BEZ komunistů.cz program. "It was 90 people in the first hours and days," he added. Other lives, for example, were traffic accidents with military forces in the coming days and weeks. Reading names today was attended by dozens of people.
The occupation claimed 137 deaths
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Total occupation by historians until the end of 1968 claimed 137 deaths, about 500 heavily and hundreds of slightly injured. The names of the victims are displayed today on Wenceslas Square on the symbolic red cages representing the freedom of the communist regime. The names of the dead of 1969, when the first anniversary of the weapons of the Warsaw slums arrived, caused a wave of demonstrations that the Czechoslovak armed forces had forcefully suppressed.
Other events include the burning of a memorial torch at the monument of Jan Palach or the planting of flowers on a plaque shot by student Marie Charousk. In the Church of the Mother of God before Týn litoměřický bishop Jan Baxant Litoměřický Bishop will serve as a victim of the occupation. Similar events take place in other Czech cities.