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Kocáb: In 1989 there was a great civil movement and the help of brave people

update: 18.11.2018 14:33

Prague – 1989 Revolution caused a major civil movement supported by several braves from the second camp. Prime TV told one of the main actors in the Civic Forum Michael Kocab today. As one of the heroes of the other party, General Mojmir Zacharias, the then Commander of the Western Military Circuit, promised in November 1989 that he would not disturb soldiers against protesters. They both agreed on the discussion that the lack of troops was crucial for the development of that time.

According to Kocáb, civil society leadership during the first days of the November Revolution was very concerned about military intervention by Czechoslovak or Soviet troops. Due to reports of some soldiers' operations in Tábor, he decided to send his deputy to the headquarters of the Western Military District, led by Czechoslovak troops.

Zacharias confirmed that the army leadership had set up the Zásah action, where the soldiers would intervene against the protesters. According to Kocáb, about 150 tanks and 8800 soldiers are sent. Zacharias noted that there was a great power that would undoubtedly be successful against unguarded protesters.

Kocáb noted that the Civic Forum did not have information about the size of the independent forces, but was very concerned about such developments. Therefore he went to Tabor behind Zachariáš him and the latter prime minister and President Vaclav Klaus. Zacharias promised them after a two-hour meeting that he would stay in the barracks as long as he was the master. In return, he demanded peacekeeping for the army. He commented today that there were two demonstrations on which people were threatened by soldiers, for example with hangers. It was also a janitor who attacked the military helicopters. Zacharias attacked him as a very dangerous situation because the soldier could defend himself by shooting.

Zacharias about the events of the time wrote a book or interviewed journalists. The planned meeting, he said, informed former defense minister Milan Vaclavik. Asked how he went on, Vaclavik answered that he would see what he would do and what he would do. After the meeting, he announced his promise that the army would not intervene.

Kocáb said that Zacharias expression at the time was of utmost importance. "It has had a major impact on our courage," he said. The next day, the same promise was received from the chief of staff Miroslav Vacka and the Soviet embassy.

Zacharias refused to be a hero. He maintained his own words as he thought it was right. Kocáb appreciated his courage. He stressed that he made his decision against colleagues.

Zacharias said he must meet the retribution in the coming months. He saw, for example, his 10-year-old son attacked by a school trip, someone threw Molotov's cocktail on the balcony. "It was terrible," he said. In the beginning of 1990, he therefore requested a transfer from Tábor.

Kocab refused speculation that revolutionary development was ruled by the power structures at that time. Zacharias agreed that the then leadership in Czechoslovakia did not know how to proceed and became confused by the development. Kocáb said that it was a major civil movement supported by "multiple courageers" from the second camp. In addition to Zacharias, for example, he was the premiere of Ladislav Adamce, added Kocáb.






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