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Czech Republic: Opponents of the EU, Islam, Merkel and refugee reception demonstrate in Prague

18.9.2016 9:35
On 17 September 2016, opponents of Islam assembled in the upper part of Wenceslas Square for an event called
On 17 September 2016, opponents of Islam assembled in the upper part of Wenceslas Square for an event called "Czexit - Fighting for Our Culture and a Safe Country". (PHOTO: Romea.cz)

Opponents of Islam assembled on Saturday afternoon in on the upper part of Wenceslas Square in Prague. An event called "Solidarity with Refugees" took place on the lower part of Wenceslas Square at Můstek at the same time.

The roughly 20 participants in that event marched up the square under police supervision to watch the anti-EU demonstration. A police cordon kept them separated from the other gathering.

Those who had come out in solidarity with refugees then left after about an hour. The speeches made on the upper part of the square included complaints addressed to the Czech Government, Czech and European politicians, and EU representatives.

Whenever speakers mentioned German Chancellor Angela Merkel, demonstrators responded in German with the vulgar chant of "Swine". They also alleged that Czech politicians are failing the country and must be removed from office.

Only 20 people participated in the "Solidarity with Refugees" event. After roughly half and hour, they set out for the upper part of the square carrying an Antifa flag and accompanied by police.

When the refugee supporters arrived on the scene, about 20 aggressive neo-Nazis began to shout vulgarisms at them. The anti-Fascists responding by yelling "Refugees welcome, Nazis get out".

The two camps had to be separated by a police cordon. The anti-Fascists left the scene just before 16:30.

Besides minor scuffles that happened when the demonstrators against refugees assaulted some journalists, there were no physical clashes. After completing their marathon of aggressive speeches, the anti-EU demonstrators marched to the Office of the Government after 17:00.

At the beginning of the march, a group of neo-Nazis did their best to spark a conflict with police, but riot officers accompanied the march without intervening. The marchers chanted slogans such as "Nothing but the nation", "Bohemia for the Czechs", "We don't want multiculti", "Fuck off Islam" and others.

During the march they laughed as they filmed and photographed the tourists of all nationalities and races who were walking through the center of Prague. The demonstrators made vulgar gestures at the visitors and sometimes also shouted vulgar curses at them.

ČTK, ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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Demonstrace, Extremism, Islamophobia, Neo-Nazism, Racism, refugee



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