Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, November 15, 1972 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 47 Well-fed but unhappy Czechoslovakia land of many contrasts By ERIC WAHA PRAGUE (AP) Czechoslo- vakia is a country of contrasts. The Czechoslovaks are probably better off than people elsewhere in the Eastern bloc, but they Beem unhappy. Many of them own cars, but they rarely use them because public transportation still is cheap. Their only overt protest ap- parently is decorating a grave. The grave is that of Jan Pa- lach, the 21-year-old studertt who became a human torch Jan. 17, 1969, to protest the So- viet invasion of the country. His grave is in Prague's 01- sany Cemetery, near its main gate and not far from Wences- las Square where he committed suicide. It is is noth- ing to indicate that Jan Palach is buried there. But it is cov- ered by fresh flowers and can- dles are lit in front of it. Fre- quently several people stand there, some of them looking as if they are praying. Before Jan Palach's suicide, a number of Czechoslovaks used another grave to record their dissatisfaction with the Com- munist regime, that of Herbert Mazaryk, a son of Czechoslova- kia's first president and the only Mazaryk buried in a public cemetery in Prague. There al- ways seemed to be flowers on his grave in the Olsany Ceme- tery. Interest in the grave of Her- bert Mazaryk waned in the same way in which Palach's grave attracted people. SOME DEFEND REGIME Shops and stores are full in Prague. The city has begun to have a traffic and parking prob- lem. People look well-dressed. Supporters of the regime of party chief Dr. Gustav Husak, who took over after Alexander Dubcek was ousted in the wake of the invasion, say Husak's course was the only one possible vis-a-vis the Soviets. By co-oper- ating with them, they say, he regained a certain measure of independence for Czechoslova- kia. They assert he withstood pres- sure to block political trials of Dubcek and his top aides. As to the other trials which were staged recently and which led to heated protests in the West, the Husak supporters assert the people tried were new offend- ers, and that they were not sen- tenced because of their activi- ties during the Dubcek era. President Ludvik Svoboda is MICKEY MAKES A SHAMBLES OUT OF N.Z. POLITICS By J. C. GRAHAM Canadian Press Correspondent AUCKLAND (CP) Mickey Mouse is running for Parlia- ment in New Zealand. Afll it is entirely correct and legal. Chris Lawrence, leader of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, has officially changcV his name by deed poll to Mickey Mouse in preparation for the forthcoming election. New Zealand politics is usually pretty sedate, but Mickey Mouse is determined lo change all that. He claims poli- tics is a circus so circus tactics are in order. Already in anticipation of a triumph at the election, he has named Superman, Donald Duck, Goofy, Batman, the Beagle Boys, Mrs. Witch and Mr. Wiz- ard as members of his shadow cabinet. Mickey Mouse is running in the Pataerslon North riding for the general election, to be held Nov. 25. PROMISES FREE CHEESE Lawrence, a 20-year-old "re- tired fisherman" of Palmerston North, says he may resume his original name after the election But he adds: "People are so confused now that we want to show up politics for what it is "People believe politics is a circus, so it needs a few clowns People, especially politicians take themselves too seriously; we will bring some light-heart- edness into it. "Anyway many people say can't do worse than those in politics The main election plank of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party is free cheese. The "shadow cabinet" and supporters gave a taste of their electoral style with a parade through Palmerston North on a Friday shopping night. Clad in fully costume they pa raded through the streets, pop- ping balloons, letting off fire crackers and lavishly promis ing free cheese. They can-let banners proclaiming "Mickej for P.M." and "Vote Rodent' e only one left of the "Big our" of the Dubcek era. The her two besides Dubcek and voboda were former Premier Idrich Cernik and the former resident of parliament, Jozef mrkovsky. Dubcek now holds a minor job his native Slovakia. Cernik is planning official in Prague. mrkovsky has been pensioned tr. President Svoboda's term ex- ires next year. The ailing ex- eneral is not expected to seek e-election. Some people in Prague fear iat Alois Indra, who echoes the [oscow line and now is a secre- ary of the Communist party's Central Committee, may suc- eed Svoboda. Another name mentioned in rague is the Slovak party hief, Jozef Lenart. Although he premier under the Stalinist arty chief Antonin Noyotny, he s regarded as a centrist in the Czechoslovak Communist party who even served with Dubcek at one time in the party presidium. 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