Saturday, July 30, 2011

News 7.30.2011

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News Saturday, July 30th, 2011

By: Sarah Borufka

* The Czech Airlines' Pilots Association has called off a go-slow
protest that was to kick off Monday.

* Authors of Czech online articles thanking the Norwegian gunman Anders
Behring Breivik for killing 76 people may face prison sentences of up
to one year.

* Some 70 environmental activists have returned to a protected zone of
the Sumava National Park to protest the felling of bark-beetle infested
trees on Saturday.

* Czech and Indonesian police have arrested a Czech citizen who had
escaped his prison sentence and was hiding in Indonesia.

* The Czech Republic have reached the final of the European Under-19
Football Championship.

Czech Airlines pilots call off go-slow protest

The Czech Airlines Pilots Association on Saturday announced that they
would not, as they had previously threatened, hold a go-slow protest on
Monday. The pilots' association had planned the protest due to
redundancies at the state-controlled carrier CSA, however, its head,
Filip Gaspar, says that the pilots have reached an agreement with the
management of the airline. He added that as part of the agreement, all
future staff cuts would be discussed in detail with the union and would
be dependent on the development of the market. On Wednesday, Czech
Airlines started handing out notices to some of its pilots, a step that
the management of the airline says is in line with a plan to restructe
the airline, which was approved by the Czech government last year.

Authors of articles thanking Norwegian gunman may face up to one year
in prison

The authors of anonymous Czech online articles thanking the Norwegian
gunman Anders Behring Breivik for his killing of 76 people may face
prison sentences of up to one year, the daily Pravo writes on Saturday.
Czech Police's organized crime and secret police unit are working to
uncover the identities of the authors. Czech Police has also launched
an investigation into the profile of the Norwegian gunman in an effort
to prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the Czech Republic. The
head of the organized crimes unit, Robert Slachta, said that due to
legal restrictions, investigators would face difficulties in solving
such cases, since they can only use wire-taps and undercover agents
when a group of organized criminals is attempting to illegally purchase
weapons. In addition, sentences for illegal gun acquisition in the
Czehc Republic are relatively mild: An individaul convicted of buying
guns illegally faces up to two years in prison. Mr. Breivik, who
committed the twin terror attacks that shook Norway on July 22nd, may
face up to 30 years in prison.

Environmental activists return to site of tree-felling in Sumava
National Park

Some 70 environmental activists who for the last week were holding a
blockade to protest the felling of bark-beetle infested trees returned
to a protected zone of the Sumava National Park on Saturday. The
protesters' spokesperson, Vratislav Voznik, said that loggers have not
been continuing their work on the weekend. However, the park's
management stated that loggers are felling some 100 trees in an area
that is deep in the forrest and that they had succesfully evaded the
environmentalists, who returned to the site on Saturday morning after
leaving Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat. A spokesperson for the
park management said that the activists had not slowed down the work of
the loggers on Thursday and Friday. Police are prepared to intervene
but are not currently at the site.

Czech and Indonesian police jointly arrest Czech murderer escaped to

Indonesian police arrested a Czech man who was convicted for a murder
he committed in 2008 and escaped before the start of his prison
sentence. Indonesian officers arrested the 29-year-old man, for whom an
international arrest warrant had been issued, in collaboration with
Czech police. He is currently in prison in the country's capital,
Jakarta. Due to the fact that the Czech Republic does not have an
extradition agreement with Indonesia, it could take up to a year until
the man can be returned to a Czech prison. In 2010, he had been dealt a
12.5-year prison sentence for killing a young man in front of a Prague
night club.

Feminists held first-ever SlutWalk in Czech capital

Some 20 feminists participated in the first-ever SlutWalk in Prague on
Saturday, which kicked off in the center in the afternoon. Participants
of slut walks, a recent international phenomenon that originated in
Toronto this year, dress provocatively in an effort to draw attention
to the fact that rape victims are still sometimes given the blame for
acts of sexual abuse. The first SlutWalk protest marches came as a
reaction to a Toronto police officer's suggestion that women "should
avoid dressing like sluts" to remain safe. Every day, one to two cases
of rape occur in the Czech Republic, and in 2010, police statistics
indicated an increase in rape cases by 22 percent as compared to the
previous year. Of those, 70 percent involved victims under 18.

Czechs to face Spain in final of European Under-19 Championship after
seeing off Serbs

The Czech Republic have reached the final of the European Under-19
Football Championship for the first time, after beating Serbia 4:2 in
Friday's semi-final in Romania. The Czechs, who are managed by Jaroslav
Hrebik, had a 3:0 lead within 20 minutes thanks to strikes from Tomas
Prikryl, Tomas Kalas, and Tomas Jelecek. They face Spain - who are
world and European champions at senior level - in Monday's final.

Czech soccer top flight resumes after summer break

Czech soccer's top flight competition, the Gambrinus League, resumed on
Friday evening after a summer break. In the opening game of the
2011/2012 season, newly promoted Dukla Prague drew 0:0 at home with
Sigma Olomouc. Later Bohemians 1905 beat Slavia Prague 2:0 at home at
Eden, the stadium they share. There are 30 rounds in the Gambrinus
League, with the last one set for late May.


Conditions on the weekend are expected to be partly cloudy with
scattered showers in some places and daytime highs of 23 degrees

Articles posted on today

"If I had been a boy, I would have been shot..." Part 6

We have now reached the sixth part in our serialized reading of "If I
had been a boy, I would have been shot...", the memoirs of Jaroslava
Sklenickova. Veronika Hyks has been reading the story of Jaroslava's
childhood in Lidice, brought to a violent end in June 1942, when the
Nazis decide to wipe away any trace of the village. Jaroslava - or Jari
- is the youngest of the women of Lidice to be sent to the Ravensbruck
concentration camp, and she is there with her mother and sister, Mila.
Nobody dares to think about what might have happened to the men and the
children of the village. David Vaughan brings us the story so far.

A bizarre speech by an ailing president

The wartime president of occupied Bohemia and Moravia, Emil Hacha, is
one of the saddest figures of Czech twentieth century history. An
elderly academic, he only agreed reluctantly to become head of state
after Edvard Benes resigned over the Munich Agreement in 1938. He made
the tragic mistake of remaining in office when Hitler marched into the
country six months later. Hacha's hopes of preserving at least some of
his country's independence were gradually worn down, and as his health
failed, he eventually became nothing but a puppet of the Gestapo.

Kozel Chateau

One of the best kept secrets among Czech castles and historic sites is
the gorgeous Kozel Chateau founded in the late 18th century in western
Bohemia. Founded by nobleman Jan Vojtech Cernin, a member of Emperor
Joseph II's court, the stone residence served an as exquisite hunting
chateau and today is one of the best examples of Classicist
architecture in Bohemia. The site is surrounded by fine lawns, a
beautiful park and forests perfect for visits in the spring and summer.
What's more, Kozel is only an hour or so away from Prague and just
minutes from nearby Pilsen.

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