Pavel Bělobrádek under fire after Sudeten gesture

19-07-2015

Deputy prime minister and leader of the Christian Democrats Pavel Bělobrádek has come under for a visit to Munich at the end of the week during which he present a wreath in memory of the Sudeten Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia at the end of WWII. Leader of the communist party, Vojtečh Filip said it would have been better for Bělobrádek to have paid homage to those who laid down their lives for freedom rather than those that greeted Adolf Hitler, a reference to the euphoria in 1938 when the Sudetenland was attached to Germany. And Civic Democrat Member of the European Parliament Jan Zahradil asked for clarification whether the visit was official or private. Bělobrádek’s gesture did though win some support from other political leaders.