Skirmishes between skinheads and anarchists brutal but isolated

11-11-2007

Despite the failure by right-wing radicals to march on Saturday, a number of skirmishes between neo-Nazis and anarchist groups did break out. In one incident a skinhead fired an air pistol into a crowd, injuring one. There were fears the city might see more clashes between skinheads and anarchists, but the situation calmed considerably by mid-evening.

Estimates by Prague’s Mayor Pavel Bem set the figure of right-wing extremists in Prague on Saturday at around 300-400. The Neo-Nazis were outnumbered by leftist radicals, who numbered around 1,000. On Saturday evening Mr Bem praised the police for their handling of the situation, indicating they had done an exemplary job in preventing the neo-Nazi march from going ahead.