Government recognizes 38 more third resistance fighters

Another thirty-eight people who risked their lives to stand up to the communist regime in Czechoslovakia between 1948 and 1989 have received recognition from the government for participating in the so-called third resistance. Among those who joined the list of resistance fighters are the former journalist and Charter 77 signatory Otta Bednářová and the former counter intelligence agent Vladimír Hučín. Altogether around 660 people have been awarded this status under a law on the third resistance passed three years ago. Among them are former dissidents, political prisoners and people who saved the lives of others by helping them to flee to the West across the heavily guarded Czechoslovak border.