Dozens of people joined in the third edition of the annual March for
Science through the centre of Prague on Saturday. The aim of the event,
organised by the Czech club of sceptics, Sisyfos, was to defend the vital
role of science in society and protest against the trend of politicizing
The march from Prague’s Wenceslas Square to the seat of Czech Academy of Sciences on Národní třída, was followed by a series of lectures inspired by science fiction, reflecting the fact that May 4 is Star Wars International Day. Marches for science took place in a number of European capitals on Saturday.
Below-average temperatures for the season are expected in the coming
four-week period, according to the long-term weather forecast issued by the
Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday.
Night-time temperatures in the coming week could drop below zero while daytime highs are set to reach a maximum of 18 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall levels will be above average for the time of year, with the next few days set to be the rainiest of the four-week period.
Czech tennis player Barbora Muchová has lost her first ever WTA final at
the Prague Open. She was defeated by Jil Teichmann od Switzerland 6-7, 6-3,
4-6 in Saturday’s final in the city’s Stromovka park.
The 22-year-old Muchová, a wild card entry at the clay-court tournament, has broken into the first hundred of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career after her appearance at the Prague Open.
Thousands of people joined Saturday’s march through Prague in support of
legalisation of cannabis in the Czech Republic. The ‘Million Marihuana
March’ is an annual event, starting at Karlovo náměstí and culminating
with a happening on Štvanice Island that includes the sale of technical
marihuana products, concerts and debates.
This years event is attended by the Czech Pirate Party leaders, who have submitted a bill to the Lower House to allow people to grow marijuana for their own usage. At present, possession of the equivalent of five marihuana plants or less is considered a misdemeanour under Czech law.
The Czech beach volleyball duo Barbora Hermannová and Markéta Sluková have won the women’s gold medal at the FIVB World Tour event at Kuala Lumpur, after defeating Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brook Sweat of the US. The Czech pair made up for their opening set loss with a brilliant tiebreak comeback to claim their fourth joint World Tour title.
Freedom celebrations are underway in the West Bohemian town of Pilsen,
marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the city by General
Ten war veterans from Belgium and the US, who helped to liberate the city,
are attending this year’s event.
The four-day celebrations, which started on Friday, traditionally includes street happenings, concerts and the chance to see a reconstructed US military camp from that period. One of the highlights is a Convoy of Liberty with over 200 historical vehicles, that will cross the town centre on Sunday.
The event will culminate on Monday at the town’s memorial to the US army with an event called Thank You, America!
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš wants to push through a change of legislation
which would allow the rapid deployment of the country’s special forces in
allied foreign missions without the approval of Parliament.
The prime minister made the announcement shortly after visiting one of the country’s special units in Prostějov, saying a situation could arise where it would be necessary to send out a special unit within hours or even undertake a secret mission. He said that in such cases approval from the government’s National Security Council should be enough.
The idea was sharply rejected both by the prime minister’s partner in coalition, the Social Democrats, and the Communist Party which supports the minority government.
Russia is the most active country in trying to influence elections and
democratic processes on the international scene, Czech BIS
counter-intelligence head Michal Koudelka said at a Prague seminar on
European elections and hybrid warfare.
Koudelka said the Kremlin used both governmental and non-governmental resources for this end, using means such as sending emails to selected groups of people, opening social media accounts under fake identities and the hacking and subsequent publishing of illegally gained information with the intent of harming a specific group or candidate.
It is Russia’s aim to undermine European integrity, weaken democratic institutions in EU member states and the trust of the public in these institutions, Koudelka said.