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Czech Police charge man who wore banned neo-Nazi symbols to ultra-right rally

29.11.2018 11:07
The ultra-right DSSS assembled in Prague, Czech Republic on 17 November 2017 with support from the international white supremacist movement to complain about political developments since the 1989 Velvet Revolution and engage in racist abuse. (PHOTO:  Jaroslav Suchý)
The ultra-right DSSS assembled in Prague, Czech Republic on 17 November 2017 with support from the international white supremacist movement to complain about political developments since the 1989 Velvet Revolution and engage in racist abuse. (PHOTO: Jaroslav Suchý)

The Most edition of Deník.cz reports that police officers in Litvínov have announced that they suspect a 31-year-old local man of having committed the offense of demonstrating sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms when he attended an assembly of the Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS) on the afternoon of Saturday, 17 November wearing a vest featuring the symbol of a eagle and the number 14. According to police, that was a public display of sympathy for the neo-Nazi movement.

The officers confiscated the vest and are addressing the case through an accelerated preliminary proceedings. In neo-Nazi ideology, the number 14 symbolizes the so-called "Fourteen Words", which summarize white supremacists' resolve to "preserve a future for white children."

The original English-language version of the sentence is:  "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The slogan was formulated by the American racist David Lane, a member of the neo-Nazi terrorist organization The Order.

Lane was sentenced in 1984 to 190 years in federal prison for committing anti-Jewish violence and died in prison in 2007. Public espousal of neo-Nazism has happened at other DSSS demonstrations in the Czech Republic over the years.

For example, on 18 August 2018, during a demonstration in Dubí, one woman attending gave the Nazi salute. Another woman attending the DSSS march in Ústí nad Labem in 2014 wore earrings in the shape of a Nazi swastika.

voj, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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