President Miloš Zeman lit a bonfire at Lany chateau to mark the 82nd
anniversary of the death of Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš
Garrigue Masaryk on Saturday.
The traditional ceremony was also attended by Cardinal Dominik Duka and the honorary chairman of TOP 09 Karel Schwarzenberg.
The tradition of Masaryk bonfires goes back to 1935 when they were lit around the country to celebrate the president’s 85th birthday. The tradition was cut off by the communist regime and renewed in 2001.
Some 1,500 trade unionists from all over the Czech Republic are planning to
go to Prague on September 17 to demonstrate in support of higher wages
ahead of tripartite talks.
The Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS) will make public its demands for next year, based on a study on bringing Czech earnings closer to the average income in the old EU member states.
The planned demonstration is part of a trade union campaign aimed at ending cheap labor in the country.
There are approximately 3.1 million people working in the private sector, where the average wage is CZK 33,321.
The public sector employs 640,700 people who get an average wage of CZK 35,437.
CMKOS is an umbrella organization comprising 30 unions with about 300,000 members.
Several hundred people joined a march for traditional family values through
the centre of Prague on Saturday afternoon.
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.
The event, organized by Alliance for Family comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on a bill on marriage equality, which would give gays and lesbians the same rights as heterosexuals.
100,000 have signed a petition against it.
The title Village of the Year for 2019 has gone to Lipová in the Usti
region. Ratibor, located in the Zlín region, Moravia, came second and
Libovice in Central Bohemia placed third.
The criteria include civic activities and social life, maintenance of buildings, energy sources and greenery. 206 villages competed for the title this year.
The competition aims to draw attention to small municipalities and encourage people living in the countryside to take an active part in the development of their village. The title has been awarded since 1995.
The Czech basketball team was beaten 90:81 by the Serbs at the World Cup in
China, bagging sixth place in the overall ranking. The result has secured
them a place in the qualifiers for the Olympics.
The team’s performance in China was the best result since 1970 when the Czechoslovak team also placed sixth at the FIBA championship in the former Yugoslavia.
The leadership of the Communist Party has appealed to the government to
prevent the removal of the controversial statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan
Konev from its site in Prague 6.
In a resolution approved at a meeting of the party leadership on Saturday, the party says it disagrees with the decision of the Prague 6 authorities to replace the controversial statue with a new monument to the liberators of Prague in 1945. It says that with respect to historic events the government should ensure that the statue be allowed to remain in its rightful place.
The decision to remove the statue from its present site and find a suitable new location for it has angered the Russian authorities, who issued a statement on Friday warning Prague the act would damage Czech-Russian relations and would not go unanswered.
The kidnapping of a former Vietnamese Communist party official from Berlin
via the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Vietnam, which took place two years
ago, has raised security concerns among the Vietnamese community in the
Czech Republic, according to a report on the situation of national
minorities prepared by Vietnamese representatives.
Human rights activists are particularly concerned about their safety, the report says. They believe that the Vietnamese Communist Party has a network of agents in the Czech Republic and prepared the kidnapping here with the help of Vietnamese people with residence permits.
The document should be discussed by the Czech government on Monday.
A poll targeting young people born after the fall of communism in 1989,
suggests that they are not happy with the political situation and housing
accessibility, while placing great emphasis on the environment and EU
Respondents in the under 30 age group stressed the importance of being able to travel freely and expressed concern with regard to climate change.
Fifty-five percent of them consider housing accessibility to be problematic. Only 10 percent are happy with the political situation. Compared to the older generation, they are also more tolerant of immigrants.
The poll, conducted by the Median agency in cooperation with Charles University, was undertaken in connection with the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the return of democracy to the Czech Republic.
Air traffic between the Czech Republic and Russia will continue to operate
without restrictions, and will even intensify next year, the Czech aviation
authorities reported after successfully resolving an air traffic dispute
The dispute pertaining to Russia’s decision to severely limit the number of Czech flights over Siberia resulted in the cancellation of several flights in June of this year as the two countries revoked flight permits for each other’s air carriers in a tit for tat move.
Both sides subsequently temporarily released operations until September to resolve the dispute.
Russia has long been one of the busiest destinations for traffic from the Czech Republic.
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