In august 1968 photographer Sune Jonsson and journalist Dag Lindberg were in Prague on a mission to cover »The Prague Spring«, but got instead right into the invasion from the Soviet lead Warsaw Pact armies" /> In august 1968 photographer Sune Jonsson and journalist Dag Lindberg were in Prague on a mission to cover »The Prague Spring«, but got instead right into the invasion from the Soviet lead Warsaw Pact armies" />
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Prague ’68

During two weeks in august 1968 photographer Sune Jonsson and journalist Dag Lindberg were in Prague on a mission to cover »The Prague Spring«, but got instead right into the invasion from the Soviet lead Warsaw Pact armies in Czehoslovakia.

The summer of 1968 was the summer of enthusiasm in Prague. Censorship was eliminated and the broadcasting media could free­ly report on Alexander Dubçek’s peaceful revolution.

But Monday 21st August 1968 troops from the Warsaw Pact poured into the Czechoslovakian capital to reinstall the pre-Prague Spring order.

People in Prague first reacted with alarm and later with fury. But after only a few days the spontaneous acts of violence were gradually replaced by a conscious, disciplined and effective civil resistance. This had a strongly demoralizing effect on the intruders and aroused admiration among advocates of non­ violence all over the free world.

Sune Jonsson‘s photo documentary report from Prague was printed already in autumn 1968 in the book Prag augusti 1968 (Prague August 1968).

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Alexandra A. Ellis

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