Police detain over a dozen far-right radicals in Most and Zlín|
Police detain over a dozen far-right radicals in Most and Zlín
Far-right radicals took to the streets in a number of Czech towns over the
weekend to protest against this week’s crack-down on ultra-right groups.
In the town of Most, north of Prague, police dispersed a gathering of
far-right extremists that was not approved by the town hall, detaining 14
people in the process, among them the deputy leader of the Workers Party
Petr Kotab. In Zlín, south Moravia, an extremist march provoked a series of
skirmishes with anarchists. There too police detained several people.
Smaller gatherings also took place in the towns of Havlíčkův Brod, Mladá
Boleslav and Jablonec nad Nisou. Expecting trouble police were out in force
to secure law and order.
On Tuesday, special police units conducted raids on far-right radicals
around the country, in what has been described as the biggest anti-extremist
operation ever undertaken. Ten people, all members of the National
Resistance group, were detained and later charged with promoting a movement
aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms. If found guilty, they face
up to eight years in prison.