published: 21.08.2013, 07:25 | updated: 21.08.2013 07:37:33
Prague - Czech papers focus today on the Chamber of Deputies´ self-dissolution on Tuesday and further developments in the country.
Lukas Jelinek writes in daily Pravo that it is deplorable that outgoing Chamber of Deputies chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova (Civic Democrats, ODS) does not realise how thin the parallel between Czechs´ loss of sovereignty in 1968 [when then Czechoslovakia was occupied by Soviet troops] and the developments in 2013 is.
"The country is losing control of itself" now like 45 years ago, Jelinek recalls what Nemcova said. Then, Soviet tanks took power, now the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies is starting a couple of months of the rule of President Milos Zeman.
It is too much to compare a democratically elected president with the occupiers, Jelinek writes.
He writes that there are two sides to every historic event. The opposite pole of the arrival of the tanks was the surge of civic resistance that lasted for one year and it overwhelmed even those who were indifferent to politics before.
Forty-fives ago, however, citizens did not have unfortunately any opportunity to seal their opinion in free elections such as lie ahead of them the end of October, Jelinek writes.
Elsewhere in Pravo, Jiri Hanak writes that after the Soviet occupation 45 years ago, Communist leader and president Gustav Husak declared an absolute intolerance of different opinions, something current politicians have taken over.
It started with Milos Zeman´s stupid bonmot when he said he will have the membership cards of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) bound in the skin of their owners, Hanak writes.
It continued via former prime minister Mirek Topolanek´s (ODS) call for zero tolerance of the Social Democrat (CSSD) government, and it continues until today, on the left as well as on the right, Hanak writes.
Political parties are not opponents or rivals, but enemies, he writes. The Czech Republic used to boast of its democratic traditions, but it is sliding somewhere towards baboons with the acceptance of the "normalisation" heritage, Hanak writes.
The "normalisation" period is a term used in reference to the communist hardliners´ rule after 1968.
Some speeches made in the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday could have made the impression as if the twilight of democracy has started in the country, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
But is it really so that lawmakers are leaving and an unavoidable era of the Prague Castle usurper (President Milos Zeman) is arriving? Leschtina asks.
After 22 years of a more or less functional democracy, people could have already got accustomed to that political developments are more complex and that every election opens a way to the unknown, Leschtina writes.
He writes that the self-dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies was no activist excess, but a consequence of a crisis where the parties in parliament were no longer able and willing to rule.
They were submerged in corruption scandals that do not affect the government coalition only. They are already starting to threaten the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) in regions, Leschtina writes.
Further developments will largely depend on whether people allow themselves to be forced into perceiving the early election as a duel between Zeman´s supporters and opponents with which they would play into the hands of the distorting cult of a politician who has long been beyond the zenith, Leschtina writes.
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