Prague- A demonstration of rightist extremists at Prague’s Palackeho namesti square ended without any incident after about an hour this afternoon, the police said.
Some 200-250 rightist militants gathered at the square where public rallies can take place without any authorisation, the police said.
Four of the demonstrators were taken to the police station.
After delivering some speeches, the neo-Nazis dispersed themselves at about 3:00 p.m. (Central European Time. ed.)
Two extremists were detained for the violation of the assembly law. Police spokeswoman Eva Brozova said they had been armed with nunchaku sticks and a knuckleduster.
Another two extremists were detained in order to check their identity, Brozova said.
All of them have been or will be released, Brozova said.
Some demonstrators wore balaclavas and black flags. On one of the flags, there was a logo of Autonomous Nationalists.
Some activists read speeches in which they complained about the ban of the march in Plzen, West Bohemia. They said the ban was illegal.
They also criticised the state of freedom and democracy in the Czech Republic.
The gathering in Prague was to be replace the rally originally planned for Plzen.
Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities Jiri Danicek told ČTK earlier the date of the march, January 19, was connected with the first transport of Jews from Plzen to the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, north Bohemia, that was dispatched on January 18, 1942.
Out of 2605 Jews on the transport only 112 survived the war.
On Thursday, Plzen mayor banned the planned extremists’ march.
About ten followers of extreme right met at the Plzen Emila Skody square today.
They were prevented from marching to the local synagogue by the police vans that barricaded the streets.
Several hundreds of opponents of fascism gathered outside the Plzen synagogue and remembered the Holocaust victims.
The Czech news server is reporting that, “A protest rally of anarchists was also to be held in Plzen. However, it was banned. Nevertheless, there are about 100 leftist militants with the banner “No Nazis in Plzen” there. Around 800 opponents of the neo-Nazis have come to the remembrance event for the Holocaust victims outside the Plzen synagogue.”
David Irving & Dr. David Duke were unavailable for comment.
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