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Czech Uprising of 1993
Part of the Eastern Spring
Romanian Revolutions in Burachest (1989)
Czech revolutionaries behind a PT-76 exchanging fire with East German soldiers in Prague, 1993.
Date 23 June 1993 – 7 September 1993
(2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days)
Location Czech Socialist Republic
Result Communist victory; uprising crushed
Belligerents
Flag of East Germany East Germany

Flag of the Czech Republic Czechia

Flag of the Czech Republic Czech revolutionaries
Commanders and leaders
Flag of East Germany Erich Honecker
Flag of East Germany Heinz Kessler
Flag of East Germany Erich Mielke
Flag of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Chňoupek
Flag of the Czech Republic František Sládek
Flag of the Czech Republic Zdeněk Chovanec
Strength
East Germany:
23,700 troops
Czechia:
18,000 troops
1,300 tanks
20,000–30,000 soldiers, militia, and armed civilians
Casualties and losses
East Germany:
930 killed
2,422 wounded
Czechia:
1,300 killed
3,000 wounded
4,000–5,500 killed (est.)
15,000 wounded (est.)

The Czech Uprising of 1993 (Czech: Povstání z roku 1993, "Rebellion of 1993") was a nationwide revolt against the Communist government in the Czech Socialist Republic that lasted from 23 June until 7 September 1993. Taking place during the Eastern Spring, it resulted in an East German intervention and the eventual defeat of the revolutionaries.

During the summer of 1993, a revolutionary wave swept across Eastern Europe, toppling many Communist regimes. In Czechoslovakia, demonstrations in Slovakia prompted the Czech regional government under Bohuslav Chňoupek to declare Czechia independent on June 20 to preserve Communist rule. Anti-regime protests soon spread into the country and after violent government crackdowns on demonstrators in Prague, protesters turned to violence as a means to depose the Chňoupek administration.

On July 10, after failed attempts to repress the uprising, Chňoupek requested military assistance from the East German government of Erich Honecker. On July 14, the East German National People's Army moved into Czechia with the stated goal of protecting the Communist government from 'anti-revolutionary agitators'. Fighting escalated throughout the month as demonstrators clashed with East German soldiers, drawing mass casualties.

Czech resistance continued until September 7, during which time 5,000 anti-Chňoupek demonstrators and over 2,000 Czech and East German soldiers were killed. By the end of the year, public opposition to the Communist regime was almost completely eliminated. Whilst the the crackdown and intervention helped turn the tide against anti-communist demonstrators during the Eastern Spring, it also drew widespread condemnation from western countries which led to sanctions against both governments the following year.

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