Interior minister says police did not err in handling of street protests

22-02-2016

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has defended the work of the police force during the anti-migrant protests in Prague ant the beginning of February. Minister Chovanec said the outcome of an internal investigation into the handling of the street violence showed that the police had not erred in fulfilling their duties and given the size of the demonstration had managed to get the situation under control as fast as could be expected. The minister pointed out that there were 10,000 protesters in the streets and 1,000 officers, making it the biggest street protest in 20 years. The police was criticized for allegedly turning a blind eye to far-right extremists and reportedly doing nothing to protect a Czech Radio van which came under attack as well.