Zeman thanks police for work during Xi visit and on November 17

President Miloš Zeman has thanked the police for their work during a recent visit by the president of China and on the November 17 state holiday last year, his spokesman said on Tuesday. The police have been criticised for some of their actions in connection with the two events and there have been opposition calls for a lower house debate on the force’s handling of Xi Jinping’s visit. Police president Tomáš Tuhý, who on Monday apologised for the police’s investigation of a Tibetan flag at the FAMU film school, attended Tuesday’s ceremony at Prague Castle, as did the minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec. On November 17 police prevented students attending a site where Mr. Zeman later appeared on stage with the group Block Against Islam.