The upcoming NATO summit scheduled for November 21st to 22nd in Prague is expected to attract anti-globalization demonstrators from all over the world, including several radical groups. Wednesday's papers are full of speculation that far-left radicals such as the Italian organization Ya Basta are getting ready for violent clashes with the Czech police. So how are the police themselves getting ready? Alena Skodova reports:
On Friday evening an officer working for the transport police at Prague's metro, paid with his life, after trying to protect passengers against a man who was throwing fire crackers to the rails and threatening people with knife. This unprecedented incident has sent shock-waves through the Czech Republic. Alena Skodova reports:
Last year the head of Czech police, Jiri Kolar secretly set up two new departments at the Police Headquarters, whose main task is to investigate crimes committed by influential people. As the work of the departments gradually comes to light, some legal specialists are now voicing their opposition against what is dubbed the 'political police'.
A number of Czech customs officers, policemen and employees of the Ministry of Trade and Industry are currently attending a special course in the United States. With security now a huge international concern, the Czech officials are being taught how to combat the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction. Kevin Cummings from the US Customs Administration explained to RP just what the special training would involve:
The Czech police are currently working on a project aimed at teaching officers how to treat members of ethnic minorities. The project also involves integrating members of minority groups into the police force. Czech officers are cooperating with their British counterparts who have decades of experience with different minorities. Radio Prague spoke about the project with the Czech Human Rights Commissioner Jan Jarab.