Senate passes resolution saying police used excessive force at CzechTek

05-08-2005

The Senate has passed a resolution saying that the police used excessive force when they broke up the CzechTek free techno music festival last weekend. It also called for a quick and thorough investigation into the police's actions. On Thursday the police announced that a special team had been set up to establish exactly what happened; hundreds were injured on both sides after riot police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse an estimated 5,000 festival participants. The Ombudsman's office has also launched an investigation.

The issue has been dominating the headlines for the last week, with strong criticism of the police's actions from President Vaclav Klaus, his party the opposition Civic Democrats and former president Vaclav Havel. However, Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek and Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan continue to insist the intervention was justified, though both men say some individual police officers may have broken regulations.