March 1968 - History
Czechoslovakia was one of the countries that did not go through the process of destalinization in 1956. It started with a significant delay, in the beginning of the 1960s. However, the changes brought about by Antonin Novotny’s cadre proved to be insufficient. The brutal suppression of the Prague student protest on 3 October 1967 opened the door to remove the increasingly more unpopular leaders of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party. It was Novotny’s successor, Alexander Dubcek, taking over in January 1968, who started the process of reform, which went down in history under the name of ‘Prague Spring’.