Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wedneidoy, November 15, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 47 Well-fed but unhappy Czechoslovakia land of many contrasts By ERIC WAHA PRAGUE Czechoslo- vakia is a country of contrasts. The Czechoslovaks are probably better off than people elsewhere in the Eastern bloc, but they seem 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 student who became a human torch Jan. 17, 1969, to protest the So- viet invasion pt 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 (hey 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 Mazaryl: 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 ol 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 Scvieti. By co-oper- ating with them, they say, he regained a certain measure ol independence for Czechoslova- kia. They assert he withstood pres- sure to block political trials of Dubcek and his lop aides. As to the other trials which were staged recently and which led to healed protests in the West, the Husak supporters assert the people Wed were new offend- ers, and that they were not sen- tenced because of their activi- ties during tlie 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. Anl it is entirely correct and legal. Chris Lawrence, leader of the Mad Hatler'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, hut Mickey Mouse is determined to change all that. He claims poli- tics is a circus so circus tactics are in order. Already in anticipation of a triumph al 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 Palmerston North riding for the general election, to bs held Nov. 25. PROMISES FREE CHEESE Lawrence, a 20-year-old "re- tired fisherman" of Palmerslon North, says he may resume his original name after the election. But he adds: "People are so now lhat we want lo show up politics for what it is. "People believe politics is a circus, so it needs a few clowns. People, especially politicians, take themselves loo seriously; we will bring some light-heart- edness into it. "Anyway many people say I caJi't do worse than those in politics now." The mail election plank of the Mart Hatter's Tea Party is free cheese. Die "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 carried banners proclaiming "Mickey for P.M." and "Vote Rodent." TRANQUIL OASIS A Ming tomb, the only complete Chinese tomb oulsido China, is iho focal point of a tradi- tional oriental courtyard nestled in a now garden at iho Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Landscape architect Emilo van der Meulon and museum curator Dr. Hsio-Ycn stand In the tranquil oasis they have built [n the heart of the city. (CP Pholo) the only one left of the "Big Four" of the Dubcek era. The other two besides Dubcek and Svoboda were former Premier Oldrich Cernik and the former president of parliament, Jozef Smrkovsky. Dubcek now holds a minor job in his native Slovakia. Cernik is a planning official in Prague. Smrkovsky has been pensioned off. President Svoboda rs term ex- pires next year. The ailing ex- general is not expected to seek re-election. Some people in Prague [ear that Alois Indra, who echoes the Moscow line and now is a secre- tary of the Communist party's Central Committee, may suc- ceed Svoboda. 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