Czech Police charge two men with rioting during neo-Nazi demo
Czech Police have charged two men over their participation in a scuffle Monday between supporters of the right-wing extremist Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) and students in Brno. Andrea Straková, spokesperson for the South Moravian Regional Police, told the Czech News Agency yesterday that if convicted, the men face up to two years in prison.
Straková said one of those charged is a DSSS supporter who reportedly provoked a physical conflict with another man. Several smaller scuffles occurred in Brno on Monday during the demonstration.
Police arrested three people and then charged two of them. "Our investigation of the facts revealed that an injured 34-year-old participant from the Workers' Youth (which collaborates with the DSSS) randomly provoked a conflict with a man one year younger than him from the counter-march," Straková said.
The Workers' Youth supporter ended up with scratches on his face after the conflict. As the 50 right-wing radicals were listening to speakers at the spa in the Novy sady park Monday, more than 500 students headed towards them from the direction of the Denisový Orchards shouting anti-Fascist slogans.
Police intervened once both groups were dangerously close to one another, separated by only a few meters, and the more aggressive participants started to run at their counterparts. Ultimately police managed to de-escalate what was incipient conflict between the two sides.
Vlastimil Pechanec, who was convicted of the racially motivated murder of a Romani man, Otto Absolon, in the town of Svitavy more than a decade ago, was one of a small group of aggressive neo-Nazis active on Monday. Pechanec was released early from prison on probation this past June, cutting short his original sentence of 17 years.
Monday's student demonstration against the neo-Nazis was convened by the "It Doesn't End with November" movement beneath the statue of the first president of an independent Czechoslovakia, T.G. Masaryk, on Komenského Square. The students expressed their objection to totalitarian regimes and ideas such as those presented by the DSSS, and also voiced their support for democracy.
- Czech bodybuilder fined for approving of murder of Romani man, he appeals
- Czech riot police intervene against violent anti-COVID measure demonstrators
- Conspiracy theorists, disinformation followers and football hooligans to protest Czech Govt COVID-19 measures tomorrow in Prague
- Slovak media and NGOs welcome conviction of right-wing extremist
- Facebook will delete posts denying or distorting the Holocaust, ignorance of it among youth one reason
- Slovak politician gets 4 months and 4 years for establishing a movement to suppress human rights, he appeals
- Portugueuse police ordered to remove racist tattoos
- Czech poll finds 30 % of the public does not want Romani children in mainstream classes and does want them to be segregated
- Czech Interior Ministry: Ultranationalist party attempted to spark anti-Romani sentiment, extremists and xenophobes spread disinformation about COVID-19
- Czech court upholds suspended sentence for man who called for non-white first-graders to be gassed to death
- Czech Senate election: Romani candidate says right-wing extremists could take power unless people vote for their competitors
- Commentary: What are the Romani candidates running for the fascists in the Czech Republic thinking?