Sunday, January 20, 2013

News 1.20.2013

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News Sunday, January 20th, 2013

By: Masha Volynsky

* A 36-year-old man has set himself on fire on Wenceslas Square in
Prague.

* President Vaclav Klaus has condemned Karel Schwarzenberg over his
criticism of President Benes's post-war settlement.

* Public Affairs MPs propose to free those seeking damages resulting
the presidential amnesty from court and legal fees.

* A van carrying a girls' volleyball team collided with a pole in
southern Moravia, injuring eight people.

* Tennis player Tomas Berdych has beaten Kevin Anderson to pass through
to the Australian Open quarterfinal.



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Man lights himself on fire on Wenceslas Square
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A 36-year-old man has attempted to commit suicide by lighting his
jacket on fire on Sunday afternoon after pouring an unknown flammable
liquid on himself. Police officers who were standing nearby helped put
out the flames. The man is currently being treated for possible
injuries. His motives have not been clarified yet.

The incident happened near the National Museum building on Prague's
Wenceslas Square close to the spot where a young student Jan Palach lit
himself on fire on January 16, 1969 in protest against the Soviet
occupation of Czechoslovakia. Palach died three days later.


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President Klaus 'cannot forgive' Schwarzenberg
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President Vaclav Klaus has condemned the presidential candidate Karel
Schwarzenberg for his criticism of the Benes decrees. The president
told an online news server novinky.cz on Saturday evening that he
cannot forgive the foreign minister for doubting the post-World War Two
"settlement" instituted by president Eduard Benes. Mr Schwarzenberg
said in a presidential debate on Thursday that the deportation of
Germans from Czechoslovakia at the end of the war would be considered a
gross violation of human rights by today's standards. Responding to the
president's statement, the presidential candidate said he feels the
matter of the Benes decrees to have been settled, and that nobody's
property is at stake. Mr Schwarzenberg thus refered to Mr Klaus's
long-term efforts to prevent descendants of Sudeten Germans from making
claims on Czech land and property.


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Public Affairs propose free services for those affected by amnesty
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MPs from the Public Affairs party have put forward a proposal to free
those seeking damages as a result of the amnesty from court fees. They
also propose that plaintiffs would be able to request free legal
counsel form the state. Chairman of the Civic Democratic MPs Marek
Benda is sceptical of the proposal, while the opposition Social
Democrats came out against the provision of free legal counsel.


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Austrian man commits suicide with a bomb
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In a south Bohemian town of Ceske Velenice an Austrian man blew himself
up with a bomb on Saturday. The 42-year-old had the bomb strapped to
his body. No other person was hurt and no property was damaged. Police
have not yet determined the origin of the explosive or the reason why
the man committed suicide in Velenice.


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Musicians to support Schwarzenberg at Sunday night concerts
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Concerts will take place in more than 60 locations across the Czech
Republic on Sunday night in support of one of the presidential
candidates, Karel Schwarzenberg. Famous Czech acts like Tata Bojs,
Cechomor and others will appear in support of the second-place winner
of the first round of the presidential elections. A number of artists
including Jirina Bohdalova and Lucie Bila have in the past weeks come
out in support of the other presidential candidate Milos Zeman.


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Girls' volleyball team injured in van crash
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Eight people were injured, with three people in serious condition,
after a van collided with a concrete pole near the village of Drysice
in southern Moravia. Nine passengers in the van were members of a
girls' volleyball team and the coach. The girls in the van were all
around 13 years of age.


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Barta, Okamura offer alternatives to current government
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A few hundred people opposed to the current government gathered in the
National House in Prague's Vinohrady district on Saturday to listen to
speakers offer alternatives to the current system of government. Among
the speakers was the former head of the Public Affairs party Vit Barta,
senator Tomio Okamura and the economist Pavel Kohout and
representatives of the civic movement Holesovska vyzva.


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Berdych goes through to Australian quarterfinal
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Tennis player Tomas Berdych has advanced into the quarterfinals of the
Australian Open on Sunday, beating the South African Kevin Anderson.
Berdych, who has not lost a single set in the first Grand Slam of the
year, dominated over Anderson with the final score 6:3, 6:2, 7:6. The
sixth seeded Czech will most likely face the world number one Novak
Djokovic on Tuesday. The two faced each other 12 times, and Bedych beat
the Serb won only one match at the 2010 Wimbledon.


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Weather
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It will be mostly overcast in the next few days with snow and freezing
rain. Temperatures in the east will go up as high as 0 degrees Celsius,
while in the west of the country daytime temperatures may dip as low as
-7 degrees.



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