Man who played protest song at Zeman meeting committed misdemeanour

A police investigation has concluded that the sound engineer who played the 1968 protest song Prayer for Martha during one of President Zeman’s meetings with the public in the town of Lipníku nad Bečvou had committed a misdemeanour.

The sound engineer who chose this way to protest against the policies of Miloš Zeman could be fined 15,000 crowns. The police presidium also said that the police action against the man had been justified.

The police forced their way into the man’s flat, stopped the music and took him away for questioning on the grounds that he had violated the right to assembly. The Czech Helsinki Committee protested against the police action.