Extreme right activists demonstrate for skinhead in jail|
PRAGUE - Roughly 40 ultra right activists
demonstrated outside the Justice Ministry in support of Vlastimil
Pechanec, who was sentenced for the murder of a Romany, outside
the Justice Ministry for about 15 minutes today.
The police did not have to intervene.
"Pechanec is innocent and he is the victim of the
judiciary," Jan Kopal, the former head of the National Social
Bloc, told the rally.
Pechanec, a 23-year-old skinhead, was sentenced by the Prague
High Court last March to 17 years in prison for a racially-
motivated murder of a Romany man.
The rally was organised by the petition committee "For
Independent Courts." Kopal said that courts had a different
approach to the cases with the involvement of former skinheads.
He told the crowd that he was for equality before law.
"There is no freedom and democracy in this country," Kopal
said. Pechanec is a political prisoner, who was sentenced for his
views and for his being a member of the skinhead movement, not
for what he really did, he added.
"The Justice Ministry keeps receiving one Gypsy delegation
after another. There is something foul in the state of the Czech
Republic," Kopal said.
"Brothers and sisters, this demonstration is a ray of the
light of hope we would like to send to all those wronged and
sentenced unfairly, to all those who were humiliated instead of
being given justice," a speaker told the crowd.
Shortly before the rally, anarchists attacked some groups of
skinheads in the Prague metro. Two of the latter were taken with
lacerations in a hospital.
There was a skirmish at the Charles Square metro station at
1:40 p.m., Prague police spokeswoman Eva Miklikova said. About
ten anarchists aged around 20 attacked a group of skinheads, she
"The assailants were armed with telescopic cudgels, they had
cyclist helmets and some of them scarves on their faces,"
Anarchists pushed two skinheads to the ground, beat and
kicked them, she added.
Before the police came to the scene, the attackers escaped,