Several dozen people gathered in the centre of Prague on Saturday to protest against the persecutions of Falun Gong practitioners in China. The demonstrators, accompanied by the Falun Gong's Tian Guo Marching Band, walked from Wenceslas Square to Kampa island. Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice combining meditation and qigong exercises. It was banned by the Chinese Communist Party in 1999 and its followers have been severely persecuted.
A Czech tourists died in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia on Thursday, the Slovak daily Nový čas has reported. The 49-year-old Czech slipped while descending Huncovský štít and fell about 200 meters. His body was found by the rescue service. According to the rescuer workers, the man wasn't equipped with proper hiking gear, which might have contributed to the accident.
Czech MEP for ANO, Pavel Telička, would release the party leader Andrej
Babiš and the deputy chair Jaroslav Faltýnek for criminal prosecution
over a scandal with EU subsidies for Babiš' Stork Nest resort, the
news site novinky.cz reported on Saturday.
According to Telička, immunity should only apply for speeches delivered in the lower house. The immunity committee this week recommended that the two deputies be stripped of their immunity. The final decision will be made next week at a session of the lower house. According to ANO party board there is no reason to release their leader for prosecution.
Some 1500 people took part in the Biker's Parade through the center of
Prague, which was part of the Prague Harley Days.
The two-day event, which is held under the patronage of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, also includes demo rides, an exposition of new and antique motorcycles as well as a competition for the best bike in the Prague Custom Battle.
The event, held under the patronage of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, got underway at Prague's Výstaviště exhibition grounds and attracted bikers from all around Europe.
The Czech Republic’s Defence Ministry will sign contracts worth nearly five billion crowns in the near future, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický told the Czech News Agency on Saturday. Investments planned include maintenance of Mi helicopters, and purchase of military equipment for the ground forces. "We continue to modernize the army and supplement the inventory and within the next few weeks we plan to sign deals with Czech suppliers worth five million crowns," the minister said.
Actor Vladimír Brabec, who played the lead role in the notorious communist era propaganda series called "The 30 cases of Major Zeman", has died at the age of 83. Brabec has played hundreds of other characters but he has always been associated with the role of the detective fighting subversive and criminal elements in communist Czechoslovakia. The series was shot in the 1970s and still shown on Czech tv channels from time to time.
In football, the Czech Republic’s dreams for qualifying for next year’s
World Cup in Russia have been shattered after a 1:2 defeat by Germany in
Prague on Friday night. The Czechs now sit seven points behind Northern
Ireland, the second placed team in their qualifying group, with World Cup
holders Germany on the top spot.
Germany’s opening goal through Timo Werner was cancelled out by a 78th minute equaliser from Hertha Berlin’s Vladimir Darida, but a late winner from Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels re-established the lead with only two minutes to go.
The planned renovation of the Czech embassy building at Wilhelmstrasse 44
in Berlin, Germany, is expected to cost around half a billion crowns (the
equivalent of around 19 million euros) the Czech News Agency reports. The
planned renovation, discussed for several years, would be completed by
The government is due to take a decision on the renovation in September. The building, which housed some 500 employees during the Cold War, was built in the 1970s. It was designed by the architects Věra and Vladimír Machonin and is an example of Brutalist architecture. The Machonins also designed the famous Kotva and DBK department stores in Prague.