Police detain over a dozen far-right radicals in Most and Zlín


Far-right radicals took to the streets in a number of Czech towns over the weekend to protest against this week’s crack-down on ultra-right groups. In the town of Most, north of Prague, police dispersed a gathering of far-right extremists that was not approved by the town hall, detaining 14 people in the process, among them the deputy leader of the Workers Party Petr Kotab. In Zlín, south Moravia, an extremist march provoked a series of skirmishes with anarchists. There too police detained several people. Smaller gatherings also took place in the towns of Havlíčkův Brod, Mladá Boleslav and Jablonec nad Nisou. Expecting trouble police were out in force to secure law and order.

On Tuesday, special police units conducted raids on far-right radicals around the country, in what has been described as the biggest anti-extremist operation ever undertaken. Ten people, all members of the National Resistance group, were detained and later charged with promoting a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms. If found guilty, they face up to eight years in prison.