Wednesday, May 1, 2013

News 5.1.2013

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News Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* The Social Democrats and the Communists held rallies to mark Labour
Day on May 1.

* A neo-Nazi group staged a march in the eastern town of Prerov.

* Envoys of the Czech Catholic Church and the country's president have
invited Pope Francis for July's jubilee of Ss Cyril and Methodius.

* New Czech asylum legislation comes into force on Wednesday, allowing
asylum seekers to travel within the EU.

* Three people have died in a road accident near Prague after their car
plunged into a pond.



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Social Democrats, Communists mark Labour Day
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The Social Democrats and the Communists held rallies on Wednesday to
mark Labour Day, a public holiday in the Czech Republic. The Communist
rally took place in Prague's expo grounds where several hundred of
their supporters gathered, including the last chairman of the
totalitarian-era Communist party, Milous Jakes, and other former
officials of the group. The Social Democrat event was held at the same
site in the afternoon.


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Neo-Nazis to march through eastern town of Prerov
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A neo-Nazi march took place in Prerov, a town in eastern Czech
Republic, on Wednesday. Around three hundred far-right extremists
participated in the event which included a rally in the centre of the
town followed by a march. The police reinforced their presence in the
town; some seven hundred officers oversaw the rally in Prerov which was
extremist groups' main event held this year on May 1 in the country,
according to the organizers.


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Catholic Church, President Zeman invite Pope for July celebrations
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Envoys of the Czech Catholic Church and of the Czech president, Milos
Zeman, handed a letter to Pope Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday,
inviting him to July's celebrations of the 1150th jubilee of Saints
Cyril and Methodius. The main celebrations will be held at the
pilgrimage site of Velehrad, in southern Moravia, marking the saints'
arrival in the Great Moravian Empire in 863. Pope Francis reportedly
showed interest in the event although his office had earlier said the
pontiff would this year only travel to Brazil.


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New asylum legislation comes into force
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New legislation comes into force on Wednesday which should improve the
situation for those seeking asylum in the Czech Republic. The
legislation allows asylum seekers to travel within the European Union;
those who have spent five years or longer in the country are granted
the rights of long-term residents. The new bill also introduces
stricter penalties for asylum seekers convicted of crime; the
authorities can now cancel their residence permits.


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Plans postponed to close part of Prague embankment to cars
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Prague City Hall has failed to reach agreement on closing part of the
Vltava embankment in the centre of the city to cars, postponing the
plans for the summer. Earlier this month, City Council approved a plan
to only allow pedestrians and cyclists on Smetanovo nabrezi, a section
of the embankment between the National Theatre and Charles Bridge, a
move welcomed by cycling advocacy groups. However, council members on
Tuesday failed to agree on technical details. Deputy mayor Tomas
Hudecek however said the council would try to impose the ban on cars in
the area in August or September.


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April saw lowest number of road deaths since 1990
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Forty people died on Czech roads in April, the lowest number since
1990. Two people, including a 16-year-old girl, died when a bus
carrying French secondary-school students crashed in western Bohemia on
April 8; two men were killed when their car got off the road near
Karvina, in the north-east of the country three days later. The highest
number of traffic-related deaths in the month of April was recorded in
1997 when 115 died.


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Three dead in car crash outside Prague
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Three people died in a road accident after their car plunged into a
pond near Vestec outside the capital on Wednesday morning. Another
three people travelling in the vehicle have been taken to hospital. The
police said the crash occurred at 5:30 AM when the the car swerved off
the road on a roundabout and landed in a retention cistern. The cause
of the accident is being investigated.


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Weather
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The next few days will be mostly overcast with rain showers and daytime
highs ranging between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius.



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In this special program we speak to the singer and songwriter Marta
Topferova about her newest album Milokraj, her relationship to her home
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