February 16, 1988 |
Karel Srp is home now, in his house in a quiet neighborhood on one of Prague's hills. In his new somewhat circumscribed freedom, he projects an air of serenity as gentle as the view from his study. From there, the city's Gothic spires, softened by distance and the winter mists rising from the Vltava River, seem to mark a place where nothing bad could happen. Srp, 50, known as "Charlie" to many of his friends, was released from jail Jan.
January 4, 1988 |
Czechoslovakia's Charter 77 human rights group Sunday named its three spokesmen for 1988, among them one of the leading intellectuals of the "Prague Spring" 20 years ago. Three new spokesmen are appointed each year. A statement made available to Western journalists named the 1988 trio as Stanislav Devaty, 35, Milos Hajek, 66, and Bohumir Janat, 38. Hajek was a top Communist Party intellectual during the 1968 democratization movement under Alexander Dubcek.
January 3, 1988 |
The leader of the banned Jazz Section cultural group, just released from a 16-month prison sentence, has called for Czechoslovakia's new Communist Party chief, Milos Jakes, to let his group operate legally. Karel Srp said after his release Friday afternoon that the group should be permitted to regain legal status under the Czechoslovak constitution and to operate in accordance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki accords.
March 12, 1987 |
A judge Wednesday convicted five leaders of the Jazz Section, a cultural group that promoted jazz and other non-sanctioned art forms, on charges of conducting illegal business practices. The two principal defendants were sentenced to prison terms of 16 months and 10 months, while the other three were given suspended sentences. About 150 supporters outside the courtroom sang "Give Peace a Chance."