The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 18, 1968 · Page 11
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 11

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Monday, November 18, 1968
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Palm Beach Post, Monday, Nov. 18, 196811 Presence Of Soviets Subtly Felt In Prague (C) Ntw Ytrll Timet Ntwi Strvict marked for Warsaw pact de Bolshevik Revolution. them would be the cancella litika's suspension was or viet combat divisions were on the German frontier. Soviet authorities recently advised Czechoslovak officials that all troops have been evacuated from central Bohemia, and that only six small command posts remain in Prague. given added significance by political observers because it followed a statement by Premier Oldrich Cernik that disturbances during the central committee meeting would not be tolerated. ' Party newspapers supporting the Dubcek leadership continued to report that thousands of letters and resolutions the latter mainly from workers in industrial plants were coming into Prague expressing solidarity with the liberal and moderate forces. An analysis of the Soviet army deployments, the recent open movement of Soviet troops, the public statements of Czechoslovak military and civilian officials, and the reports of travelers moving about the country on business, have indicated that no Soviet combat forces remained along the West German border or in its immediate vicinity. With the possible exception of early warning radar systems and sophisticated antiaircraft installations in Western Czechoslovakia, the permanently stationed Soviet units form an irregular diagonal line running from the East German border north of Most to the Milovice military reservation 30 miles northeast of Prague, and then southeast through Pre-louc, Olomuc and Zvolen, and finally 'south to Komarno. on the Hungarian border. Until last month several So PRAGUfc - Twelve weeks after the invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet troops that ostensibly were sent here to defend the country's western borders are deployed, instead, along a far rear guard line that runs across the country from northern Bohemia to Slovakia. These forces, roughly estimated at between 75.000 and 100.000 men, are to remain here "temporarily" under the terms of the Oct. 16 treaty between Prague and Moscow. Meanwhile, the bulk of the occupation force is being rapidly withdrawn from Czechoslovakia. As in Poland, Hungary. East Germany and Bulgaria, the Soviet Force here is ear fensive purposes. But there are more of them than in any of the other East European nations, except probably East Germany, and their deployment has suggested to foreign diplomatic observers many purposes that may be political as well as military. Close to 200.000 Soviet troops have left the country and the Soviet military presence is barely visible in this capital. Nevertheless, the Soviet occupation is subtly but effectively felt politically. Czechoslovak newspapers have disclosed that the government has decided to restrict travel abroad. The measures were not spelled out. but the impression was that one of tion of multiple, or permanent, exit permits, which have been freely granted heretofore. Prior to the coming to power of the reform regime last January, special scrutiny was given to every exit visa request and many were refused. Recently, nine Western newsmen, including one American, were expelled from Czechoslovakia. The foreign ministry said they had "abused" their tourist visas by reporting on Soviet troop movements, and presenting in an unfavorable light the disturbances that occurred during recent ceremonies marking the 51st anniversary of the The New Government Committee on press and information, headed by deputy premier Peter Colotka, has announced that it had met to discuss the question of foreign newsmen and broadcasters. Recently, the presidium of the Communist Party's Central Committee ordered the indefinite suspension of its own ideological weekly, Politi-ka, presumably because it carried material critical of the Soviet Union and enhancing the continuation of the liberal program. There has been no official announcement of the suspension, but two Prague newspapers reported it without com ment. The New York Times erroneously reported that Po- dered by the Council of Ministers instead of the presidium. In another development, the evening newspaper Vercerni Praha reported that the "overwhelming power" of the progressive forces in the nation indicated that rumors of a "so called putsch" during the central committee session were of "an obviously provocative character." 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