The 8th annual festival of LGBT culture Prague Pride kicks off in the Czech
capital on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island.
The week-long festival offers over a hundred events, including debates, film screenings and exhibitions, and will culminate with a colourful parade through the city centre on Saturday.
The main theme of the festival this year is the family and the main focus is on a bill, due to be debated in Parliament in the autumn, that would allow gays and lesbians to enter into regular marriages, which would give them the same rights as heterosexuals. At present they can only enter into so-called registered partnerships.
Czech Jakub Kornfeil, starting from pole position, came third in Sunday’s
Moto3 Grand Prix at Brno.
The home hero, who wowed the crowds by making it first across the finishing line on Saturday, fought hard in the dramatic race until the very last lap, but was overtaken by Italy’s Fabio Di Giannantonio who bagged a triumphant victory and Aron Canet from Spain who came second.
President Miloš Zeman, the head of the Czech Armed Forces, expressed deep
sorrow over the news of the deaths of three Czech soldiers in Afghanistan,
adding that the tragedy must not deter the international forces from the
fight against terrorism.
Condolences and words of acknowledgement are streaming in from Czech politicians across the board.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Twitter the three soldiers were national heroes and expressed deep respect for the fact that they had laid down their lives for the country.
Jana Černochová from the Civic Democrats said she was deeply moved and proud off all the Czech soldiers who were risking their lives to defend our freedom far from home.
A suicide bombing killed three Czech soldiers on patrol in eastern
Afghanistan on Sunday, the Czech Defence Ministry reported.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack by a lone bomber which happened in the early hours of Sunday in the city of Charikar some 60 kilometres north of Kabul.
Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said a staff sergeant and two corporals had died in the explosion. He said their deaths had touched him deeply and expressed condolences to their families.
Thirteen Czech soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan serving in NATO's Resolute Support mission.There are presently some 250 Czech troops serving in the country.
An exhibition of photographs by prominent photographer Robert Vano showing
gay and lesbian couple who want to enter into a regular marriage is now on
show at Prague’s Main Railway Station. The exhibition titled “One Love,
One Marriage” also brings the story of each couple.
The exhibition is expected to travel all around the country between now and November. It is part of a broader effort to drum up support for a bill which would give gays and lesbians the right to enter into a regular marriage.
A march in support of the “traditional family” model took place in
Prague on Saturday, organized in protest against the Prague Pride festival
of the LGBT community due to be held next week.
Its participants, among them politician and church dignitaries, protested against the idea of the state recognizing a family other than the traditional man and woman model.
Prague Pride is also focused on the role of the family this year, drumming up support for a bill which would give gays and lesbians the right to enter into a marriage which would put them on an equal footing with heterosexual couple, including the right to adopt children.
The bill is to be debated in the lower house in the autumn.
The Czech beach volleyball duo Hermannová /Slukova won the Vienna Major
women’s final on Saturday in what is the biggest success of their career.
After a poor first set they turned the game around to beat the Spanish duo Barbara/Fernanda 10:21, 21:16 a 15:12.
Their victory has placed them top of the European ladder.
Two Czech nationals drowned on holiday in Bulgarian seaside resorts, Czech
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova confirmed on Saturday
One of the holiday makers drowned on the coast near Burgas, the other in the seaside resort of Kiten. Both went swimming in risky conditions, one in a stormy sea, the other late at night.
On Friday a Czech tourist died in Egypt after being attacked by a shark. On average some 500 Czechs lose their lives on holiday every year.
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