One of the two German citizens, who were accused of spray-painting graffiti
on Charles Bridge earlier this year pleaded guilty to the charges at a
hearing in a Prague court on Thursday.
Niclas Steiger, one of the two brothers caught by police in June spraying a logo on the stone bridge support said he wasn’t aware that the wall was part of the famous 14th century monument.
The two men, aged 23 and 30, were expelled from the Czech Republic and fined 100,000 crowns. They face jail sentences of up to three years on charges of damage to property.
The Lennon Wall, located in a secluded square in Malá Strana near the French embassy, had long been a traditional place where anybody was free to do any type of graffiti they want, though the general subject was John Lennon and world peace. This symbol of freedom, born in the communist years, later became a significant Prague landmark, connected with the dissident years and the Velvet Revolution. But the overwhelming interest in it proved too much. Things got out of hand and now the famous wall is undergoing a major transformation.
A woman was fined 5,000 crowns for an act of vandalism at the top of the
Czech Republic’s highest mountain, Sněžka, the spokesman for the
Krkonoše National Park informed on Friday.
The woman, who created a mandala on the mountaintop using stones and paint, voluntarily turned herself in to the authorities. She has also promised to take part in voluntary clean-up operations in the park.
According to the Krkonoše park management, the mandala could have damaged the fragile ecosystem of the alpine tundra.
The mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, is under police protection after
receiving death threats in connection with a decision to cover up a
controversial statue of Soviet army commander Ivan Konev in the district.
The local authority had the monument, which has repeatedly been vandalised,
surrounded by a tarpaulin mounted on scaffolding on Friday. Activists then
pulled down the tarpaulin, before it was later put back.
Two people were arrested after another attempt to remove the cover on Friday night while another man pulled it down on Saturday.
The Russian Embassy said the statute actually needed to be protected from the Prague 6 council. The local authority has proposed moving it to a park close to the embassy.
Several people gathered on Saturday to clean-up the statue of Soviet
Marshal Ivan Konev which had been splattered with red paint on the
anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The police did
not intervene, the ctk news agency reported.
The local administration had refused to remove the paint, saying it reflected public opinion and calling on the Russian Embassy to enter into talks on moving the statue to embassy grounds.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
On Wednesday, Prague’s statue depicting Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev was covered in red paint by unnamed vandals. The monument has been similarly abused many times before. However, this time the local district authorities, who have been trying to move the statue to the Russian Embassy, say they will not clean up the damage until the embassy “starts constructive discussions”.
Police arrested 28 fans of the Banik Ostrava football club following a riot
after the team lost an away match against Sparta Praha by a score of 0:2 on
The visiting fans attacked local supporters, firefighters and police officers. At least one victim has been hospitalised.
Of those arrested 19 could be charged for disturbing the peace while seven may face charges for instigating a riot.
A fan of the football club Victoria Plzeň has died following a skirmish in
a pub in Kutná Hora. The man died of his injuries on Friday at a hospital
Police say they have identified a suspect in the death of the 36-year-old Plzeň supporter and have filed a motion for his arrest.
The suspect is allegedly a regular at the Kutná Hora pub, where the deceased had been watching his team play a televised away game against a Belgian club.
It is unclear whether football featured in the clash between the two men.
A large piece of graffiti on Charles Bridge, which was recently sprayed on the famous structure by two German tourists, mysteriously disappeared over the weekend. Official clean-up works on Charles Bridge, which were expected to take about two weeks, got underway on Saturday morning. However, someone secretly removed the graffiti that same night.
Prague’s John Lennon wall will become more actively protected. In response to a recent practice of tourist agencies that let visitors spray paint the surface, the Sovereign Millitary Order of Malta, which owns the famous sight, has decided to press charges. A special meeting between representatives of Prague 1, the order and local residents on Tuesday agreed to a new system of administering the wall.