World condemns Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

By United Press International

The world reacted to the Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia today with shock, dismay and condemnation. Some of the strongest protests came from Communist parties of Western nations.

Britain said the invasion was a "flagrant violation of the United Nations charter."


West Germany called the invasion "a clear infringement of the sovereignty of Czechoslovakia."

Sweden said the invasion was an attempt by the Kremlin and its allies "to reimpose a regime which for the Czechoslovak people represents 20 years of oppression and unfreedom. Once again it has happened that in a Communist country a liberation movement has been stopped by violence."

The Italian Communist Party, the largest in the West, condemned the invasion as "unjustified."

In a rare gesture of defiance to Moscow, the Italian Communists said the action was not in keeping "with principles of autonomy and independence of every Communist Party and every Socialist state."

Moshe Sneh, head of Israel's Communist Party, said it was "a black day in the history of the Communist movement."

"This is the end of Communist solidarity," Sneh said. "Russian armies are not suppressing only this small, proud people but democracy itself."

A crowd threw eggs at the Soviet Embassy in Bonn and delayed the departure of Soviet Ambassador Semyon Tsarapkin for a meeting with West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger.


About 150 demonstrators marched on the Soviet Embassy in London in protest.

The Australian Communist Party in Sydney demanded immediate withdrawal of Soviet-bloc troops.

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