The Brave Students of Prague in 1968
Compare this picture with these words posted from Amsterdam in 2007
During the Prague Spring of 1968, absinthe was popular among students and jazz fans. Old Czech jazz musicians still recall all-night, absinthe-fuelled jam sessions during those heady months. When the Soviet tanks rolled into Prague, an unknown student, holed up in a bar and lacking the means to make a petrol bomb, remembered the high alcohol content of a local brand of absinthe. He quickly improvised a Molotov Cocktail from a bottle and a tea towel and hurled it into action against an onrushing Uncle Joe. The tank crew escaped the resulting inferno, but only barely. The flaming sugar cube atop a Czech absinthe is really a homage to the brave unknown student, but foreign tourists don’t care, so bartenders just tell them it’s how the French used to drink it. Absinthe connoisseurs maintain that the best way to serve Czech absinthe is in the original manner. If no enemy tank is handy, the side of a building or a nearby bridge abutment will do. Any method that doesn’t involve drinking the stuff is fine.
This deeply stupid pack of lies, which is allegedly from correspondence with the BBC in London, appears on a web forum called FeeVerte.net. This invented story is also very offensive, as it is a nasty perversion of a real historic event. It seems that nothing is sacred in the minds of the warmongers who spit their poison at this ancient city.
In 5 days time it will be the 39th anniversary of the Soviet invasion, and the end of the Prague Spring.
Source: Labadie Collection of Social Protest Material