Prague honour for František Kriegl divides local council

Prague 2 district council is scheduled to debate next week a controversial proposal to make 1968 invasion hero František Kriegl an honorary citizen. Kriegl stood out in 1968 as the sole member of a government delegation who refused to sign a declaration under Soviet pressure approving the Warsaw Pact invasion of former Czechoslovakia once it was completed. The proposal from independent councillor Michal Uhl has divided the council. Centre-right members of the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 have pointed to Kriegl’s active involvement in the so-called Prague putsch which brought the Communist Party to power in February 1948. Kriegl, who joined the party in the 1930s and participated in the Spanish civil war, died in Prague in 1979.