Judge: nothing prevents Workers’ Party from reuniting under same name and logo

18-02-2010

The presiding judge in the case that banned the far-right Workers’ Party on Wednesday says there is nothing to prevent the same people from creating a new party with the same name and even logo. Judge Vojtěch Šimíček explained on Thursday that the party was only illegal based on the combined evidence against it – primary amongst was neo-Nazis involvement in its leadership – and that circumstantial evidence such as the party’s symbolism or name were not themselves prohibited. The court ruled Wednesday that the Workers’ Party promotes xenophobia and chauvinism while exploiting homophobia and fear of foreigners and immigrants. Worker’s Party chairman Tomáš Vandas said the group would appeal the ruling and run in May’s general elections.