Czech extremist party's campaign rally in Prague legally blocked by counter-event
The "Freedom and Direct Democracy Movement of Tomio Okamura" (SPD) had been telling its followers to come to Náměstí Míru in Prague on 2 October for a campaign rally ahead of this weekend's elections. As it turns out, they were not able to assemble there.
The adherents of Okamura had failed to announce to the local authorities, as required by law, that they would be holding a public assembly, and anti-racist initiatives instead announced a public assembly at that same place and time called "Prague against the SPD: Nationalism-Free Jamboree" (Praha proti SPD: Veselice bez nacionalismu). "We have long taken a stand against the SPD's policies, the candidates running for that party incite hatred against people of other nationalities, other sexual orientations, or other religious faiths, for example," Filip Hausknecht, a co-organizer of the Nationalism-Free Jamboree, told news server Lidovky.cz.
"We want to show that there will be no place for the SPD in Prague." Hausknecht said. On 2 October the Prague cell of the SPD movement therefore posted to its own Facebook event about its campaign rally, called the "People's Jamboree SPD" (Lidová veselice SPD), that "Today's event has been cancelled due to security concerns !!!!!"
"Thousands of fascists from Antifa [sic] are meant to come to the square. We cannot risk it," the Prague SPD cell posted.
"We thank you for your understanding," the party told its voters. Okamura's followers decided to cancel the rally just a few hours before they had originally hoped it would begin, Lidovky.cz reports.
Vítězslav Novák, chair of the SPD movement's Prague cell, told the news server on Monday, 1 October: "I don't see any reason to cancel our event so that Antifa and those extremists will benefit. We have duly prepared and duly contracted the People's Jamboree SPD."
Novák was mistaken - according to the law on assembly, the public assembly that had been properly announced to local authorities by the anti-racists took precedence over any event involving private leasing of the space. While the SPD had indeed contracted to lease space on the square from the Prague 2 Municipal Department, it never announced to local authorities that its event was also a public assembly and not a private gathering.
- Russian social network blocks "Miss Hitler" beauty contest after Israeli media contact
- Facebook blocks German-language pages of anti-multiculturalism "Identitarian Movement"
- Czech extremists abuse LGBT pride march in town of Plzeň but fail to block it
- Facebook blocks fascist party's official profile, including Slovak politician's personal page
- Right-wing extremists supporting Czech President blocked from marching through Prague's Jewish Town on 17 November
- Czech Republic: "Romani Resistance Days" to involve symbolic blockade of Lety pig farm, protest in Prague
- Czech Republic: Ultra-right anti-immigrant protests blockaded by 98 opponents who are detained
- Slovakia: Artists protest Governor after he blocks anti-xenophobia project funding
- Czech Republic: Hundreds plan to block neo-Nazi march on 1 May in Brno
- Czech town says it will block housing benefits for residential hotel dwellers
- Slovakia: Antifascists try to block neo-Nazi march celebrating WWII-era fascist state
- Greece: Roma block traffic to resist eviction
- Bulgaria: Roma blockade demolition of their homes, riot police intervene
- Czech Republic: Blockade of pig farm on Roma Holocaust site ends, activists meet with farm owners
- Czech Republic: Protest against pig farm on Roma Holocaust site blocks highway
- Czech Republic: Activists blockading pig farm at Lety where WWII-era camp for Roma once stood
- European Roma Rights Centre gives legal aid to victims alleging Slovak police brutality
- Czech man who gave Nazi salute at ultra-nationalist rally gets fine and suspended sentence, appeals
- Slovakia: Video of police intervention against Roma at gas station goes viral, sparks protests
- Czech politicians react to Communist MP's false allegation that honoring the Roma victims of Nazism has raised the price of pork
- Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini faces criticism for calling Romani woman a "dirty gypsy"
- Italian Police raid ultra-right extremists, confiscate air-to-air missile from Qatar
- French court convicts six arsonists of attack on Romani people
- Czech court says use of force in response to racist abuse was proportionate, prosecutor appeals
- Italian PM wants to deport Roma, MEP Romeo Franz calls his behavior racism and the shame of Europe
- Commentary: Czech President spouts reassuring nonsense to ultra-nationalists
- Slovak homeowner considers selling to Roma, so his neighbors graffiti his house and puncture his tires
- Czech MP says his assistant's remark that refugees could be killed with machine guns does not bother him