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Czechoslovakia / Ceremony / New Government #124758

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 16, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Twenty-first anniversary in Czechoslovakia of act by Jan Palach in which he set himself on fire to protest invasion by USSR reported; scenes shown from ceremonies in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

(Prague: John Laurence) New government in Czechoslovakia and the problems following in the wake of peaceful revolution featured; details given of first public performance of play about moral corruption under Communist regime written by Vaclav Havel; scenes shown of performance attended by author who is now president. New Czech leadership noted purging Communists from government. [New boss of Czech television Jendrich FEIREYSL - (thru translator) says we have to keep people working here from hiding their past.] Negotiations to send home Russian troops on Czech soil detailed. Need to shift economy to a free market system noted. [Finance minister Vaclav KLAUS - talks about problem of restructuring the economy.]

Jennings, Peter;
Laurence, John

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