Pro and anti-immigration groups demonstrate in Wenceslas Square

Demonstrations for and against immigration took place on Saturday afternoon at Prague’s Wenceslas Square. Around 1,000 are estimated to have taken part in a second demonstration against immigrants and the EU in the afternoon. It was backed by the far right National Democracy movement. They were faced by a group calling for solidarity with refugees. Police kept the two sides apart. Chants of ‘Czech Republic for the Czechs’ and ‘You will hang’ were shouted at the pro-immigration demonstrators. Police intervened at one stage to check the identity of some of the demonstrators. Police had been criticized for their laxity when a mock gallows was carried during another anti-immigrant protest a few weeks ago. An internal investigation later cleared them of blame.