Underground Congress

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The proceedings of the 14th Extraordinary Congress of the Czechoslovak Communist Party in August 1968

On 22 August 1968 Soviet forces invaded Czechosiovakia to stop the liberalisation of the country under Dubcek and to forestall the dismissal of the hard-liners in the partv bv the Congress due to be held in Septemberl968. Butrightunder the noses of the Soviet troops that Congress was held: it was convened within a few hours of the news of the invasion.

Tonight's programme reconstructs the events of the Congress from the records of the proceedings which have now become available.

Script compiled by STUART HOOD Narrated by HUGH LUNGHI with the voices of KATHLEEN HELME. JOHN BRYNING RONALD FORFAR. KERRY FRANCIS JOHN GABRIEL , MALCOLM HAYES

EDWARD KELSEY , GODFREY KENTON NIGEL LAMBERT. CI.IFFORD NORGATE HECTOR ROSS , JOHN RYE

ANDREW SACHS. JAMES THOMPSON PATRICK TULL

Produced by MARTIN ESSUN (While the tanks rumbled through Prague...: page 12)

Contributors

Unknown: Hugh Lunghi

Unknown: Kathleen Helme.

Unknown: John Bryning

Unknown: Ronald Forfar.

Unknown: Kerry Francis

Unknown: John Gabriel

Unknown: Malcolm Hayes

Unknown: Edward Kelsey

Unknown: Godfrey Kenton

Unknown: Nigel Lambert.

Unknown: Ifford Norgate

Unknown: Hector Ross

Unknown: John Rye

Unknown: Andrew Sachs.

Unknown: Thompson Patrick Tull

Produced By: Martin Essun