Activist in Šumava bark-beetle controversy gets suspended sentence

A 31-year-old environment activist has received a two months suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer during a protest action to try to stop logging at the Šumava National Park last summer. At the time activists chained themselves to trees and the police used force to remove them from the area. The woman in question kicked a police officer in the head as she bent down to forcibly carry her away. The sentence is at the low end of the scale which allows a maximum four year sentence for assaulting an officer. The judge said the sentence was intended as a disciplinary measure rather than punishment.