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Louis Epstein
2020-07-14 23:28:07 UTC
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Milos (or according to some Milous) Jakes,former General Secretary of the
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia,born August 12th 1922,died July 10th 2020,
though the Wikipedes have only found a Czech-language source).
Jakes had replaced head of state Gustav Husak as the head of the party in
December 1987,but was able to hold power for less than two years as the
East Bloc crumbled around him,rather anticlimactic after forty years
rising through the ranks.

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Big Mongo
2020-07-15 14:11:36 UTC
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Milos (or according to some Milous) Jakes,former General Secretary of the
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia,born August 12th 1922,died July 10th 2020,
though the Wikipedes have only found a Czech-language source).
Jakes had replaced head of state Gustav Husak as the head of the party in
December 1987,but was able to hold power for less than two years as the
East Bloc crumbled around him,rather anticlimactic after forty years
rising through the ranks.
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/07/15/world/europe/15reuters-czech-jakes.html


Last Czechoslovak Communist-Era Ruling Party Chief Jakes Dies
By Reuters
July 15, 2020, 8:12 a.m. ET

PRAGUE — Milos Jakes, the Czechoslovak Communist Party chief swept from power in the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989, has died aged 97, the party said on Wednesday.

Jakes was the last Communist-era general-secretary of the party, which held a monopoly on power and over all aspects of public life for four decades, leading it from 1987 until November 1989.

His tenure as party leader overlapped with the perestroika reforms started by Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union.

But the Czechoslovak Communist leadership was reluctant to follow suit, keeping a stricter line on economic and public life, putting dissidents in jail, suppressing free speech and violently dispersing public protests that started to emerge in the late 1980s.

He resigned under the pressure of the demonstrations during the 1989 uprising that led to the end of Communist rule, and the transition to democracy and market economy.

Despite decades in retirement, he said last year he still considered the events of 1989 as a counter-revolutionary coup to destroy socialism, Czech Radio reported.

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"Perestroika opened the room for unbound openness. Everybody said whatever they wanted, criticised what they wanted, and instead of unity, this led to ruptures," he had also told Russia's gazeta.ru in 2017.

Coming from a poor family, he joined the party after World War Two in 1945. He rose through the ranks in the 1960s and through purges following the 1968 Soviet invasion that crushed efforts for a more liberal form of socialist rule.

Jakes was later put on trial for treason for supporting the Soviet invasion of then-Czechoslovakia, but was eventually acquitted.

The Czech Communist Party (KSCM), a successor the Czechoslovak party, has won seats in parliament in every election since 1990. Since the last lection in 2017, its votes have backed up a minority government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, the first share of power the party has had in the past three decades.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Alison Williams)
Louis Epstein
2020-07-16 05:42:40 UTC
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Post by Louis Epstein
Milos (or according to some Milous) Jakes,former General Secretary of the
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia,born August 12th 1922,died July 10th 2020,
though the Wikipedes have only found a Czech-language source).
Jakes had replaced head of state Gustav Husak as the head of the party in
December 1987,but was able to hold power for less than two years as the
East Bloc crumbled around him,rather anticlimactic after forty years
rising through the ranks.
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/07/15/world/europe/15reuters-czech-jakes.html
Last Czechoslovak Communist-Era Ruling Party Chief Jakes Dies
By Reuters
July 15, 2020, 8:12 a.m. ET
PRAGUE ? Milos Jakes, the Czechoslovak Communist Party chief swept from power in the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989, has died aged 97, the party said on Wednesday.
Jakes was the last Communist-era general-secretary of the party, which held
a monopoly on power and over all aspects of public life for four decades,
leading it from 1987 until November 1989.
Technically his short-term successor Karel Urbanek tried to hold
onto power for a couple of weeks but by the time Husak resigned as
president after having to swear in a mostly non-communist government
whose premier had had to leave the party to be acceptable to the opposition,
the gig was up.
Post by Big Mongo
His tenure as party leader overlapped with the perestroika reforms started by Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union.
But the Czechoslovak Communist leadership was reluctant to follow suit, keeping a stricter line on economic and public life, putting dissidents in jail, suppressing free speech and violently dispersing public protests that started to emerge in the late 1980s.
He resigned under the pressure of the demonstrations during the 1989
uprising that led to the end of Communist rule, and the transition to
democracy and market economy.
Despite decades in retirement, he said last year he still considered the
events of 1989 as a counter-revolutionary coup to destroy socialism, Czech
Radio reported.
And (having been supportive of the communist coup of 1948) didn't see
how its reversal was a good thing.
Post by Big Mongo
"Perestroika opened the room for unbound openness. Everybody said whatever
they wanted, criticised what they wanted, and instead of unity, this led to
ruptures," he had also told Russia's gazeta.ru in 2017.
Coming from a poor family, he joined the party after World War Two in 1945.
He rose through the ranks in the 1960s and through purges following the 1968
Soviet invasion that crushed efforts for a more liberal form of socialist
rule.
Jakes was later put on trial for treason for supporting the Soviet invasion
of then-Czechoslovakia, but was eventually acquitted.
The Czech Communist Party (KSCM), a successor the Czechoslovak party, has
won seats in parliament in every election since 1990. Since the last lection
in 2017, its votes have backed up a minority government led by Prime Minister
Andrej Babis, the first share of power the party has had in the past three
decades.
(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Alison Williams)
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The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.

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