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Czechoslovak Events With PM-Czechoslovakia, Bjt

November 25, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Here is a chronology of events in Czechoslovakia over the last two weeks:


Nov. 12 - Communist Party leader Milos Jakes tells Communist youth conference the party will not tolerate street protests or relax control of the country.

Nov. 14 - Premier Ladislav Adamec announces that exit visas will no longer be required in the new year for citizens wishing to travel abroad.

Nov. 17 - In largest anti-government rally since 1969, 30,000 demonstrators take to streets of Prague. Police crush the protest, clubbing and attacking with tear gas hundreds of demonstrators.

Nov. 18 - Protesters light candles and place flowers on bloodstained sidewalks where police attacked demonstrators a day earlier. Police order crowd to disperse and seal off Wenceslas Square. Student activists call for general strike Nov. 27.

Nov. 19 - Crowd of 30,000 marches in Prague denouncing police brutality. Police arrest 10 dissidents but do not interfere in march. Opposition political groups, including some Communist allies, meet and form Civic Forum organization. They adopt resolution demanding resignations of Communist leaders responsible for the 1968 invasion that crushed a liberal Communist government.

Nov. 20 - More than 200,000 people demonstrate in Prague, demanding free elections and the resignations of hard-line Communist leaders. Protests also break out in other cities.

Nov. 21 - Adamec tells opposition leaders he favors role for non-Communists in Czech government. Jakes accuses demonstrators of trying to ″disrupt the socialist system.″ Crowd of 150,000 jams Wenceslas Square without police interference to hear prominent dissidents call for resignations of Communist Party leaders.

Nov. 22 - Prague demonstrators, rallying for sixth straight day, cheer as message is read from Alexander Dubcek, former party chief whose attempts to institute reforms in 1968 were crushed by a Warsaw Pact invasion.

Nov. 23 - More than 200,000 anti-government demonstrators pour into downtown Prague. Prominent dissident Jan Carnogursky is acquitted of sedition and subversion charges.

Nov. 24 - Jakes and the rest of the Communist leadership resign in an emergency session of the party Central Committee after Jakes admits the party had underestimated the effect of the pro-democracy movement sweeping Eastern Europe. Dubcek returns triumphantly to Prague and addresses crowd of 250,000 demonstrators in Wenceslas Square. Little-known Politburo member Karel Urbanek replaces Milos Jakes as party leader.

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