The 1989 revolution caused a huge civil movement supported by many bravely from the second camp. Chief Television said one of the main players of the Civic Forum, Michael Kocab today. As one of the other party's heroes, General Mojmir Zacharias, head of the Western Military Circuit, had promised in November 1989 that he would not interfere with troops against demonstrators. Both agreed in the debate that the lack of soldiers was essential for that time development.
According to Kocáb, the leadership of the Civic Forum during the first days of the November Revolution was very concerned about the military intervention of Czechoslovakian or Soviet troops. Due to reports on the activity of troops in Thabor, he decided to send his deputy to the Western Military District headquarters, under the command of Czechoslovakian troops.
Zacharias confirmed that the Army's leadership had established the Zásah act, where the soldiers would interfere with the exhibitors. According to Kocáb, about 150 tanks and 8800 soldiers should be sent. Zacharias noted that he was a significant force who would certainly succeed against non-military protesters.
Kocáb noted that the Civic Forum did not have information about the size of the forces separately, but it was very concerned about such developments. So, he went to Tabor behind Zachariáš and the First Minister and President of Vaclav Klaus. Zacharias promised them after a two hour meeting that he would stay in the barracks as long as he was to order. In return, he asked to keep peace against the army. He said today that there have been two exhibitions among the soldiers, for example, with people in the gaps. A guardian also attacked the military helicopters. Zacharias attacked him as a very dangerous situation as the soldier could defend himself by shooting.
Impact on courage
Zacharias wrote about events that time a book or interviewed journalists. He said the proposed meeting, he said, to the former Defense Minister Milan Vaclavik. When asked how to go on, Vaclavik replied that he would see what he would do and what he would do. After the meeting, he announced his promise that the army would not interfere.
Kocáb said that Zacharias's expression at the time was crucial. "It has had a great impact on our bravery," he said. The following day the same promise was received from the Chief Staff Miroslav Vacka and the Soviet Embassy.
Zacharias refused to be a hero. He held his own words as he thought he was right. Kocáb appreciated his courage. He stressed that he made his decision against colleagues.
Zacharias said he had to face conflicts in the coming months. For example, he was watched, his 10-year-old son was attacked by a school trip, throwing someone in Molotov's cocktail on the balcony. "It was awful," he said. In the first half of 1990, he asked for a transfer from Tábor.
Kocab refused to assume that revolutionary control was governed by the power structures at the time. Zacharias agreed that Czechoslovakia's leadership did not know how to proceed, and the development was confusing. Kocáb said he was a huge civilian organization supported by "many brave" of the second camp. Besides Zacharias, for example, he was the main performance of Ladislav Adamce, added Kocáb.