Pirate MP apologises over approval of Communist poet for state honour

29-05-2018

The Pirate Party’s deputy chairman of the lower house, Vojtěch Pikal, has apologised for his party’s involvement in the approval of Communist poet Karel Sýs for a state honour. MPs from the Communists, ANO, Freedom and Direct Democracy, the Social Democrats and the Pirates backed a proposed list of 28 honours candidates, including Mr. Sýs. Mr. Pikal said he had failed to look closely at the nominees.

The MP had also come in for criticism for suggesting on social media that WWII RAF airmen had “merely been following orders”. As well as apologising, Mr. Pikal made a donation of CZK 50,000 to an organisation recording the testimonies of victims of the Communists and the Nazis.