Top court bans far-right Workers’ Party

17-02-2010

In a breakthrough ruling on Wednesday, the Czech Supreme Administrative Court banned the far-right Workers Party. The court ruled that the Workers’ Party spreads xenophobic and chauvinist views and had racist undertones in its materials. The party’s programme also exploited homophobia and fears of foreigners and immigrants, the court said. While Czech politicians have welcomed Wednesday’s ruling, Worker’s Party head Tomáš Vandas said the group would appeal the ruling and run in May’s general elections.

Wednesday’s ruling is the result of a second attempt by the government to ban the party, which it maintains is a dangerous offshoot of the neo-Nazi movement. An initial attempt at the start of 2009 was dismissed by the court for lack of evidence.