In related news, Prime Minister Petr Nečas said in his speech in Lidice on the occasion of the 70-year anniversary of the Lidice massacre that it signified a turning point in the fight against the Nazi regime. He said the massacre had opened the eyes of the international community to the cruelty of the regime. He added that the event forced many countries to become active in the fight against Hitler Germany. Following the massacre, both France and England declared the Munich Agreement void, the Czech prime minister said.
Some 17,000 men and women participated in a breast cancer awareness march
through the Czech capital on Saturday. Among the participants was the
well-known actress Aňa Geislerová. According to organizers, the aim of
the event was to draw attention to the disease, its risks and means to
prevent it. In addition, the march hopes to motivate women to get a breast
exam to help reduce the number of cases that are diagnosed too late.
Doctors estimate that some 1600 Czech women die of breast cancer each
some 6000 have their breasts removed due to cancer.
Czech national squad after defeat in opening game
The Czech national squad has been training “behind closed doors” in Wroclaw two days ahead of its second game in the group phase of the EURO 2012 championships, when the team will play Greece. After the devastating loss of 1:4 against Russia in the Czechs’ opening game, the team and national couch Michal Bílek discussed the shortcomings of the Czech performance. On Sunday afternoon, the Czech team ate lunch at Wroclaw town hall, with the mayor of the city, Rafał Dutkiewicz, who had invited the Czech players.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas is set to meet with officials from the national association of Romanies living in the Czech Republic on Monday. The prime minister is set to discuss ways to help ease tensions between mainstream Czechs and Romanies as well as what can be done to help address problems that plague the Romany community. This is the first time that a Czech prime minister meets with a Romany interest group in his offices; the group had previously made it clear that more initiative on the part of the government regarding the worsening racial tensions in the country would be appreciated.
Czechs on Sunday are marking the 70-year anniversary of the massacres in
the Czech villages of Lidice and Ležáky during World War II. In Lidice,
commemorative event will be held at the mass grave of men executed by the
Nazis in retaliation for the assassination of acting Nazi governor of
Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, on May 27, 1942. Prime Minister
Petr Nečas will be holding a speech; Cardinal Dominik Duka will be
speaking a prayer with attendants.
On June 10, Lidice, in Central Bohemia, was obliterated by the Nazis. The village of Ležáky, East Bohemia, was burnt to the ground on June 24. In Lidice alone, 173 men were executed and most women and children living in the village were deported to concentration camps. On Friday, German President Joachim Gauck sent a letter to his Czech counterpart, stressing that Germany was aware of its historical responsibility for the massacres.
A fire that broke out at Prague’s Ruzyně airport in the night from Saturday to Sunday caused damages of an estimated 200 million Czech crowns. An aircraft of the ATR 42 type from Czech Airlines‘ fleet went up in flames. Firefighters said that the airplane exploded before the fire erupted. It took some 2 hours for firemen to get the fire under control. Police are investigating the cause of the incident.
A Peruvian police squad found the burned-out shell of a helicopter that had gone missing in the southwestern mountain region. The helicopter had exploded. None of the 14 passengers, among them one Czech citizen, survived. The search for the missing aircraft had been especially difficult due to the mountainous terrain and the cold temperatures. The helicopter had lost contact with tower personnel on Wednesday several hours after take-off.
The pilot of a military jet trainer aircraft of the L-29 Delfín type that crashed near the municipality of Čeradice in the Ustí nad Labem region on Sunday afternoon was killed. A female passenger was also on board; she was injured severely and is being treated at hospital. The former military aircraft belonged to the company Aviation Technologies and Services, which uses these aircraft for training and show purposes. Police are investigating the case.
Some 17,000 men and women participated in a breast cancer awareness march through the Czech capital on Saturday. Among the participants was the well-known actress Aňa Geislerová. According to organizers, the aim of the event was to draw attention to the disease, its risks and means to prevent it. In addition, the march hopes to motivate women to get a breast exam to help reduce the number of cases that are diagnosed too late. Doctors estimate that some 1600 Czech women die of breast cancer each year; some 6000 have their breasts removed due to cancer.
The Czech Republic’s national football team was soundly defeated by
Russia on Friday in the teams’ opening match at Euro 2012. The Russians
were dangerous throughout, building on precision passes and clever plays
that saw them routinely outpace the Czech defense. The Czechs played well
in patches, dominating, for example, in the opening 15 minutes. Still it
was Russia that scored twice in the first half.
The Czechs responded early in the second when Plašil sent a low ball to Václav Pilař who sidestepped Russia’s goalie and put the ball in the net. Soon afterwards, Rosický came close to getting an equalizer but Russian goalie Malafeev stopped his low shot. Russia then regained momentum and added two more to win 4:1.
In related news, the mayor of Lidice, Veronika Kellerová, said she considered the letter a gesture of reconciliation. She said that she was pleased that the German president had written such a letter on occasion of the 70-year-anniversary of the massacre. Others were less positive, such as survivor Pavel Horešovský, who as a child was forcibly removed from the village and sent to Germany for “re-education”. He said that he was waiting for an official apology from Germany to this day.
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