This Week in History
Soviet-led Forces Invade Czechoslovakia
21 August 1968
Soviet-led forces invade Czechoslovakia to halt pro-democracy reforms.
In 1968, Soviet-led forces invaded Czechoslovakia after the country's communist government, led by Prime Minister Alexander Dubcek, began a series of democratic reforms. Protests against the invasion followed, during which dozens of people were killed and hundreds more injured. After the invasion, Dubcek's government was replaced by a repressive, Soviet-backed regime and Dubcek's democratic reforms were halted.
democratic (adjective): following the principal where the government represents the people
reform (noun): change (something, often social or political) in order to improve
repressive (adjective): inhibiting or restraining people's freedom
Soviet-backed (adjective): supported by the Soviet Union
regime (noun): a government (esp. an autocratic or repressive one)
Test your understanding:
Czechoslovakia's democratic reforms had been introduced by
Soviet-led forces invaded Czechoslovakia in order to
A repressive government is one that is likely to