Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crush the Prague Spring

In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring. Here is a recap of the shock intervention that reined in the Soviet satellite state, its aspirations for democracy warded off for another 20 years. – Explosive context – “At 11:00 pm, Soviet, Polish, East German, Bulgarian and Hungarian troops crossed the Czechoslovak border,” AFP reported early on August 21, picking up Radio Prague’s announcement of the overnight invasion