Malta Independent

Czechs boo PM on anniversar­y of 1968 Soviet-led invasion

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A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslov­akia has turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Hundreds booed as Babis led Tuesday’s ceremony in front of the Czech public radio building in downtown Prague, a site of a fierce street battle between unarmed civilians and the invading troops in the first hours of occupation where 17 people died. Babis, a populist billionair­e, is a controvers­ial figure due to a power-sharing deal with the maverick Communist Party and fraud charges he is facing. His position is also complicate­d by allegation­s he collaborat­ed with the former communist-era secret police. Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslov­akia on Aug. 20, 1968 to crush liberal reforms enacted in the brief era known as the Prague Spring.

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