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by Euro Reporter
2009-07-31 09:48:52
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Old Prague airport for sale

The Czech Defence Ministry plans to sell the old international airport in Prague-Ruzyne, known as the South Terminal, to the Letiste Praha (Prague Airport) company due to the limited budget of the Czech military, the ministry's spokesman Jan Pejsek announced. 

"Negotiations are underway and our company is interested in the purchase of the terminal," Letiste Praha spokeswoman Eva Krejci said without elaboration. The price of the airport will be approximately 200 million crowns. Most military and government aircraft will fly from the air base in Prague-Kbely as a result.

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Czech ministry wants to ban far-right Workers' Party


The Czech Interior Ministry will again try to ban the far-right Workers' Party, Interior Minister Martin Pecina told journalists after meeting President Vaclav Klaus today. The former government of Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) proposed that the Workers' Party be abolished, but the Supreme Administrative Court dismissed the proposal in March saying the government did not submit conclusive evidence.

Pecina said more police should patrol the streets in risk areas, referring mainly to the areas with large Romany communities. This year, far-right extremists repeatedly marched through Czech towns with Romany population, especially in northern Bohemia. The increasing extremism in the country may be behind the recent wave of Czech Roma applying for asylum in Canada that resulted in the reintroduction of visas for Czechs travelling to Canada. Klaus discussed this situation with Prime Minister Jan Fischer on Tuesday. Pecina said his meeting with Klaus focused on extremism, but they also discussed measures planned to save money. He said Klaus recommended that the police save as much money as possible due to the financial crisis.

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Outside Iranian embassy in Prague


The activists who are taking part in protest actions outside the Iranian embassy in Prague had some problems with the police who tried to expel them, but eventually dropped the effort. The activists want to write the names of the people detained in Iran in connection with the demonstrations after the re-election of President Ahmoud Ahmadinejad on the pavement outside the diplomatic office until August 13.

The protesters refused the orders to leave the place and the police let the meeting continue. The activists want to continue writing of the names of the detained persons in the next days, too, always from 15:00. However, Amnesty International (AI) says one of the activists was fined 1,000 crowns by the municipal police on Monday. Four activists came to the place today, but they faced problems with the police this time, too.

"I told them to leave, but they did not obey," a police officer told. He said under law he had the right to banish the people from the area outside the embassy and the activists were suspected of breaching law.
The police asked them to show their identity cards. The police eventually arrived at the conclusion that if the protest did not disturb the office's work and if the public peace were not violated, the activists could continue with writing the names.

 

 

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Czech ministry wants to ban far-right Workers' Party


The Czech Interior Ministry will again try to ban the far-right Workers' Party, Interior Minister Martin Pecina told journalists after meeting President Vaclav Klaus today. The former government of Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) proposed that the Workers' Party be abolished, but the Supreme Administrative Court dismissed the proposal in March saying the government did not submit conclusive evidence.

Pecina said more police should patrol the streets in risk areas, referring mainly to the areas with large Romany communities. This year, far-right extremists repeatedly marched through Czech towns with Romany population, especially in northern Bohemia. The increasing extremism in the country may be behind the recent wave of Czech Roma applying for asylum in Canada that resulted in the reintroduction of visas for Czechs travelling to Canada. Klaus discussed this situation with Prime Minister Jan Fischer on Tuesday. Pecina said his meeting with Klaus focused on extremism, but they also discussed measures planned to save money. He said Klaus recommended that the police save as much money as possible due to the financial crisis.

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Outside Iranian embassy in Prague


The activists who are taking part in protest actions outside the Iranian embassy in Prague had some problems with the police who tried to expel them, but eventually dropped the effort. The activists want to write the names of the people detained in Iran in connection with the demonstrations after the re-election of President Ahmoud Ahmadinejad on the pavement outside the diplomatic office until August 13.

The protesters refused the orders to leave the place and the police let the meeting continue. The activists want to continue writing of the names of the detained persons in the next days, too, always from 15:00. However, Amnesty International (AI) says one of the activists was fined 1,000 crowns by the municipal police on Monday. Four activists came to the place today, but they faced problems with the police this time, too.

"I told them to leave, but they did not obey," a police officer told. He said under law he had the right to banish the people from the area outside the embassy and the activists were suspected of breaching law.
The police asked them to show their identity cards. The police eventually arrived at the conclusion that if the protest did not disturb the office's work and if the public peace were not violated, the activists could continue with writing the names.

   
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