President Miloš Zeman has said that in the event that his chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, fails to get top–level security clearance, there will always be a “respectable place” for him at Prague Castle. The Czech media reported this week the chief-of-staff had allegedly not been cleared and the chancellor himself confirmed on Friday that was the case. In the past the president said the aid, who applied for clearance in December 2013, could not remain in the post if he failed to receive it. But the president made clear on Thursday that he fully expected Mr Mynář to appeal the decision if it was in the negative.
President Miloš Zeman said on Thursday that his chancellor, Vratislav Mynář would have to quit his post if he fails to get the top-security clearance needed for the job. However he said he would give Mr. Mynář time to appeal the verdict if it proves negative. The president made a similar statement soon after taking office and appointing the chancellor, but it has taken two and a half years for the National Security Office to come to a decision, allegedly due to procrastination on the part of the chancellor in providing all the necessary documents. According to the daily Právo the security clearance has not been granted.
Petr Dongres, who heads the president’s security team at Prague Castle has asked to be released from his post in the wake of a breach of security last weekend in which activists, posing as chimneysweeps, managed to climb onto the roof and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential standard. President Miloš Zeman had already made clear that Dongres could not remain in his post and on Thursday he indicated that more heads would roll, saying that the Prague Castle Guard was co-responsible for the breach of security.
Prague Castle is to beef up security following last Saturday’s incident in which activists, posing as chimneysweepers, managed to breach security and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential seal. While the Castle insists the proposed measures have been on the cards for months, Czech president Miloš Zeman conceded that the current affair will speed up the discussions.
President Miloš Zeman says the director of the presidential security unit, Petr Dongres, should be dismissed. He made the comments days after an incident in which the art group Ztohoven replaced the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a gigantic pair of red boxer shorts in protest at Mr. Zeman’s policies and behaviour. Speaking on a visit to Ostrava on Tuesday, Mr. Zeman said other personnel changes could also be expected. Mr. Dongres is due to discuss the weekend’s incident with Police President Tomáš Tuhý on Thursday. A number of people have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the protest.
Pranksters from the art group known as Ztohoven made their mark at Prague Castle at the weekend when they replaced the country’s presidential flag with a giant pair of red boxer shorts. The move, the group said, was in direct protest to President Miloš Zeman. His spokesman condemned the act as dishonourable.
Security at Prague Castle is to be improved after the art group Ztohoven on Saturday replaced the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts in protest at President Miloš Zeman. The Castle authorities have been investigating how the group managed to get onto the roof, the news website iDnes.cz reported. It quoted the head of the Castle Guard as saying the Ztohoven members had taken advantage of the fact there that scaffolding was in place. Three people have been arrested in connection with the matter. The spokesman for President Zeman said personnel changes would be made in the Castle security team.
There has been a mixed reaction from politicians to the art group Ztohoven’s replacement of the presidential flag over Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts in protest at President Miloš Zeman. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he regarded Saturday’s move as a coarse practical joke and rejected the suggestion by the president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, that it had been fascistic. Defence Minister Martin Stropnický said the incident was not threatening and that it was far better than if shots had been fired, adding that a review of security at Prague Castle had already been underway. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka jokingly asked on Twitter who was missing a pair of red boxers. Petr Fiala of the opposition Civic Democrats said the protest had been tasteless and that state symbols must be respected. Another opposition figure, TOP 09’s Miroslav Kalousek, asked why Czechs were paying for security at Prague Castle if such incidents were possible; the artists could have been terrorists with a bomb, he said.
The radical art group Ztohoven has protested against the Czech head of state, Miloš Zeman, by replacing his presidential flag on the roof of Prague Castle with a gigantic pair of red boxer shorts. The activists said that the standard of a man who was embarrassed by absolutely nothing was finally flying over his residence. In a statement issued on Saturday night with a video recording of their action Ztohoven listed 10 things Mr. Zeman should be ashamed of, including being drunk at the Czech crown jewels and relations with dubious dictators. Police have charged three people with theft and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.
A dispute has broken out in the Czech Catholic Church over the recent property settlement at Prague castle between President Miloš Zeman and Cardinal Dominik Duka. A memorandum concerning the return of two properties to the Catholic Church was signed on Thursday with a final deal due to be sealed by the end of the year. Duka’s predecessor in the top post of the Czech church, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, has slammed the initial agreement as illegal and in breach of democratic principles. In particular, he criticised the conditions attached to the return of the properties which include their repair and use for public purposes within five years. Cardinal Vlk said that the restitution agreement made no provision for such conditions to be laid down.
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