Minister of the Interior Milan Chovanec said on Sunday that he will introduce a backbencher’s bill to change existing laws so that legal gun owners can use their weapon if they are involved in a terrorist attack or other security situation. The minister said he had discussed the matter with the prime minister and other ministers and because of the charged legislative timetable had decided on this option to save time. He added in a tv debate that he wanted to table the proposal during this parliamentary session ahead of lower house elections due in October. Minister Chovanec says the law would be useful in such cases as the lorry attacks in Nice and Berlin where armed police might not be available. The proposal has been dismissed by some politicians as paving the way for a Wild West.
A growing number of rich Czechs appear to be building private underground shelters for protection in an ever more uncertain world. The rush to build shelters, which could be used in an atomic war or other types of emergency, already started last year in the midst of the immigration crisis and shows no sign of waning with the ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine and success of populist politicians.
Wealthy Czechs are increasingly investing in underground bunkers due to security fears, iDnes.cz reported. Dozens of people have this year paid to have shelters built beneath their homes against natural disasters, industrial accidents and nuclear or chemical weapons, the news website said. A representative of a firm specialising in the area said it had just completed its 28th bunker, with two-thirds of them having been installed in the Prague area.
Deep beneath the city of Prague is another city altogether, one that most people are completely unaware of, and that they’ll hopefully never see. It is a system of hundreds upon hundreds of concrete bunkers with their own electricity, water and ventilation systems awaiting the day that you might hear the air-raid sirens wailing.
Government representative for missile defense Tomas Klvana has said that the government's campaign on a proposed US radar base in the Czech Republic will be called "Against Missiles", a provocative motto aimed at capturing viewers' attention. According to Mr Klvana, the campaign will look at arguments on both sides of the issue. Czechs will reportedly be able to access information through the internet, DVDs, printed materials, and even face-to-face meetings. The campaign will be put together by a PR agency. The government - which is negotiating with US representatives on the stationing of the radar base - has tentatively backed the idea but the issue will only be decided early in 2008. Surveys have shown that around two-thirds of Czechs remain opposed; the opposition are also against.
Would you like bad breath, a dust mite or an ebola virus? Gone are the days of teddy bears - today's kids want stuffed microbes. The earth spins -but which way? Czech public television is clearly not sure. And, a top secret nuclear shelter should soon open up to the public. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
There was an interesting piece in Mlada fronta the other day about the number of people who could be housed in shelters here in Prague in the event, heaven forbid, of some terrorist attack or other disaster. The city's shelters have room for an impressive (or at least to my mind impressive) 500,000 of a population of almost 1.2 million.
Paternity tests conducted on an anonymous basis have now become available in the Czech Republic - but psychologists are warning fathers to think twice before undertaking them - every tenth child allegedly has a different father than presumed! Who will be the greatest Czech of all time? And, two Czech "spidermen" end up in jail. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.