Petr Dongres, who heads the president’s security team at Prague Castle has asked to be released from his post in the wake of a breach of security last weekend in which activists, posing as chimneysweeps, managed to climb onto the roof and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential standard. President Miloš Zeman had already made clear that Dongres could not remain in his post and on Thursday he indicated that more heads would roll, saying that the Prague Castle Guard was co-responsible for the breach of security.
Prague Castle is to beef up security following last Saturday’s incident in which activists, posing as chimneysweepers, managed to breach security and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential seal. While the Castle insists the proposed measures have been on the cards for months, Czech president Miloš Zeman conceded that the current affair will speed up the discussions.
President Miloš Zeman says the director of the presidential security unit, Petr Dongres, should be dismissed. He made the comments days after an incident in which the art group Ztohoven replaced the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a gigantic pair of red boxer shorts in protest at Mr. Zeman’s policies and behaviour. Speaking on a visit to Ostrava on Tuesday, Mr. Zeman said other personnel changes could also be expected. Mr. Dongres is due to discuss the weekend’s incident with Police President Tomáš Tuhý on Thursday. A number of people have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the protest.
Pranksters from the art group known as Ztohoven made their mark at Prague Castle at the weekend when they replaced the country’s presidential flag with a giant pair of red boxer shorts. The move, the group said, was in direct protest to President Miloš Zeman. His spokesman condemned the act as dishonourable.
Security at Prague Castle is to be improved after the art group Ztohoven on Saturday replaced the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts in protest at President Miloš Zeman. The Castle authorities have been investigating how the group managed to get onto the roof, the news website iDnes.cz reported. It quoted the head of the Castle Guard as saying the Ztohoven members had taken advantage of the fact there that scaffolding was in place. Three people have been arrested in connection with the matter. The spokesman for President Zeman said personnel changes would be made in the Castle security team.
There has been a mixed reaction from politicians to the art group Ztohoven’s replacement of the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts in protest at President Miloš Zeman. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he regarded Saturday’s move as a coarse practical joke and rejected the suggestion by the president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, that it had been fascistic. Defence Minister Martin Stropnický said the incident was not threatening and that it was far better than if shots had been fired, adding that a review of security at Prague Castle had already been underway. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka jokingly asked on Twitter who was missing a pair of red boxers. Petr Fiala of the opposition Civic Democrats said the protest had been tasteless and that state symbols must be respected. Another opposition figure, TOP 09’s Miroslav Kalousek, asked why Czechs were paying for security at Prague Castle if such incidents were possible; the artists could have been terrorists with a bomb, he said.
The radical art group Ztohoven has protested against the Czech head of state, Miloš Zeman, by replacing his presidential flag on the roof of Prague Castle with a gigantic pair of red boxer shorts. The activists said that the standard of a man who was embarrassed by absolutely nothing was finally flying over his residence. In a statement issued on Saturday night with a video recording of their action Ztohoven listed 10 things Mr. Zeman should be ashamed of, including being drunk at the Czech crown jewels and relations with dubious dictators. Police have charged three people with theft and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.
A dispute has broken out in the Czech Catholic Church over the recent property settlement at Prague castle between President Miloš Zeman and Cardinal Dominik Duka. A memorandum concerning the return of two properties to the Catholic Church was signed on Thursday with a final deal due to be sealed by the end of the year. Duka’s predecessor in the top post of the Czech church, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, has slammed the initial agreement as illegal and in breach of democratic principles. In particular, he criticised the conditions attached to the return of the properties which include their repair and use for public purposes within five years. Cardinal Vlk said that the restitution agreement made no provision for such conditions to be laid down.
Czech President Miloš Zeman and Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka on Thursday signed a memorandum on the transfer of two buildings at Prague Castle to the Catholic Church. The Church has received the Saint George’s Convent and the Mocker Houses on condition that it will renovate them within five years and drop its claims to other buildings at Prague Castle. The move has been criticised by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who said the memorandum was anti-constitutional and unlawful and violated democratic principles. Under the 2012 church restitution law, the country’s churches will receive 75 billion crowns in assets confiscated by the communist regime and get 59 billion crowns worth of compensation money for the rest.
Two buildings at Prague Castle are to be restituted to the Roman Catholic Church. The Mocker Houses and the Saint George’s Convent are being transferred under a memorandum signed last week between President Miloš Zeman and the head of the Czech Catholic Church, Dominik Duka, the former’s spokesman said on Tuesday. Under the deal, the church has committed to renovating the two buildings within five years and dropping its claims to other buildings at Prague Castle. Under a 2012 law, CZK 75 billion in assets seized under the communist regime are being handed back to churches. They are also receiving CZK 60 billion in lieu of properties not being returned.
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