Self-styled “home guard” paramilitary groups now have around 2,000 members in the Czech Republic and represent a significant security threat. That’s according to the Ministry of the Interior’s latest report on extremism. It warns that some of these groups are xenophobic and racist and are attempting to forge ties with members of the police.
Concrete barriers have gone up in parts of the Czech capital to boost
security at sites holding Easter markets. Barriers preventing entry by
trucks or vans, which could potentially be used in terrorist attacks, went
up at the start of Opletalova Street.
Barriers have already been up long-term on Prague’s Old Town Square.
Police have charged two employees of Prague Waterworks with endangering
public health through negligence in connection with contaminated tap water
supplied to the Dejvice and Bubeneč districts of Prague in 2015.
Over 4,000 people suffered health problems as a result, 33 of them had to be hospitalized. Hygiene officers ordered a blanket vaccination of children under 15 against Hepatitis A.
The men reportedly caused the contamination by failing to adhere to regulations when reconnecting water pipes to the system following maintenance. The delay in filing charges is attributed to the need for various expert assessments.
Jaroslava Doležalová has become an honorary citizen of her home town Žďár nad Sázavou. She hid a little Jewish girl during WW II and probably saved her life, risking her own and her husband's in the process. Hardly anybody knew about it for a very long time and it has only been brought to public attention now, more than seven decades later. So, Mrs. Doležalová in the 93rd year of her life receives well-deserved, even if long-delayed, accolades and praise. But her story also reveals something less praiseworthy about the Czech attitude toward
Recently, concrete barriers were added around parts of the Old Town Square to prevent or block vehicles which could be used in a terrorist attack. There is no question about the prudence of the move but few would call the barriers “attractive”. The Prague Institute of Planning and Development is one of the bureaux looking for a better long-term solution.
Prague City Hall has installed large concrete barriers on the city’s Old
Town Square in the centre as a preventive measure against possible
The barricades are placed at the edge of the square at the entrance to Pařížská Street. The so-called city blocks were purchased by the city council and cost tens of thousands of crowns.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given a warning for visitors to several districts of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, to take special care after an escalation of gang violence there in recent weeks. The warning applies to the Norrebro, Bronshoj, Husum, and Tingbjerg districts. Copenhagen police introduced a stop and search regime in parts of the city in July with the area it applies to widened in August in response to the gang violence.
Andor Šándor, former head of the Czech Military Intelligence, is a respected security expert. In connection with the growing security threat he makes frequent appearances on radio and television and lectures on what to do in the event of a crisis. Mr. Šándor has just published a book sharing some of his know-how. In an interview for Radio Prague he explained what led him to do so.
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