Some two dozen people gathered outside Prague Castle on Sunday to protest
against the security checks at the gates to the Prague Castle compound,
which were introduced in 2016 and have remained in place since.
The security checks, which every tourist or local must undergo if they wish to enter the compound, have brought protests from travel agencies and members of the public who were used to visiting the seat of the head of state freely.
The president’s spokesman has repeatedly defended the security checks saying they were made following recommendations to the Office of the President by security experts.
Nine out of 10 people in Prague say that they feel safe, suggests a survey
carried out by the agency Ipsos Public Affairs. In some parts of the city,
as many as 98 percent of respondents said they had a feeling of safety.
Under 30s were the population group who considered themselves most in danger, according to the results of the study, in which over 1,100 Prague residents and 100 tourists were interviewed.
Respondents identified drug-related issues, vandalism and street crime as the city’s biggest problems.
Six out of ten Czechs consider terrorism to be a “serious threat” to
the peace and security in the country, a new opinion survey by the Centre
for Public Opinion Research (CVVM) finds.
At 61 percent, that figure is down 10 percentage points from a 2016 survey and 20 percentage points from a survey the year before, when the European “refugee crisis” began.
However, after terrorism, respondents cited international organised crime and refugees as the next biggest possible threats to national security. Just over half (54 percent) said these were “serious threats”.
Less than one-quarter of those polled said they thought left- or right-wing extremism posed a “serious threat”.
The CVVM survey of 1,104 Czechs aged 15 or older took place from November 3 –15, 2018.
Heightened security measures have come into force in Prague in connection with Advent. The main focus is on the city’s Christmas markets, shopping malls, airports, railway stations and public transport. More police should be visible on the streets starting this weekend and concrete barriers have been set up around the city’s biggest Christmas markets. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said there was no indication of an immediate threat and the measures enforced were standard.
Self-styled “home guard” paramilitary groups now have around 2,000 members in the Czech Republic and represent a significant security threat. That’s according to the Ministry of the Interior’s latest report on extremism. It warns that some of these groups are xenophobic and racist and are attempting to forge ties with members of the police.
Concrete barriers have gone up in parts of the Czech capital to boost
security at sites holding Easter markets. Barriers preventing entry by
trucks or vans, which could potentially be used in terrorist attacks, went
up at the start of Opletalova Street.
Barriers have already been up long-term on Prague’s Old Town Square.
Police have charged two employees of Prague Waterworks with endangering
public health through negligence in connection with contaminated tap water
supplied to the Dejvice and Bubeneč districts of Prague in 2015.
Over 4,000 people suffered health problems as a result, 33 of them had to be hospitalized. Hygiene officers ordered a blanket vaccination of children under 15 against Hepatitis A.
The men reportedly caused the contamination by failing to adhere to regulations when reconnecting water pipes to the system following maintenance. The delay in filing charges is attributed to the need for various expert assessments.
The traditional New Year fireworks display in Prague will take place at 6pm
on January 1st, kicking off a year packed with anniversary events in the
Czech Republic. The display be a celebration of the centenary since the
birth of independent Czechoslovakia and 25 years since the birth of the
It will be dominated by the national red, white and blue colours. People should get a good view of it from the Dvorak embankment and the Mánes, Čechov and Štefánik bridges. The show was moved from midnight to the first day of the year so that it can be enjoyed by families with children.