25 February 1948
February state coup d´état
The governmental crisis in February 1948 became a decisive confrontation between residual democratic and totalitarian forces. The communists used the crisis to establish their power monopoly. Although the crisis was solved in a parliamentary manner, the coup d’état was the work of unconstitutional forces. A similar scenario was used in Slovakia. The communist offensive met little general public resistance, and Czechoslovakia definitively became part of the Soviet bloc.