Ambassador opens Invasion 68 Prague photo exhibition
On 17 October 2013, Ambassador Jiří Šitler and Ambassador of France Philippe Gustin opened the exhibition of photographs Invazie 68 Praga by Josef Koudelka, in the presence of the artist, at Annexa MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art). The exhibition was organized by the Czech Centre in Bucharest in cooperation with the French Institute to mark the 45th anniversary of the invasion of Prague by the troops of the Warsaw Pact with the exception of Romania.
At the request of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bucharest, the Romanian Government kindly provided an anti-tank gun as a loan for the exhibition. The gun, which had formed part of the weapons used by the Romanian army in the 1960 ´s, is displayed at the exhibition with an honorary label: “This gun of the Romanian Army did not take part in the invasion of Czechoslovakia”. Ambassador Jiří Šitler, highly appreciating the gesture of the Romanian Government, says on the exhibition and on the events of 1968: “I am glad that this unique exhibition takes place in Romania, the country whose citizens expressed solidarity with Czechoslovakia in 1968. The invasion determined the fate of the whole generation of our nation and Romania´s position at that time is well-known in the Czech Republic. Thank you for being the only Warsaw Pact country that did not visit us with guns and tanks during the Prague Spring.”