Court says police did not violate law when it banned activists from Hradčany square

16-03-2017

A Prague court has ruled that the police did not violate the law when it refused to allow human rights activists to demonstrate on Prague’s Hradčany Square during a visit to Prague by the Chinese president. One of the protesters, former environment minister Martin Bursík, took the matter to court, arguing that the police had infringed on people’s right to assembly. Police closed off the square citing security reasons, but let in supporters of President Zeman and his Chinese guest. Activists say they were banned entry so that the Chinese president would not be exposed to criticism of his country’s human rights record and the wave of solidarity with Tibet.