Bublan praises organisation of CzechTek

Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan has praised the organisation of the CzechTek free techno music festival, which this year is being held on land rented from the Czech Army in north Bohemia. It is being attended by around 40,000 people from the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe.

Last year Mr Bublan ordered around 1,000 riot police to break up the festival, following complaints from landowners. Critics described the intervention as heavy-handed though the minister said he had no choice but to uphold the law.

Author: Ian Willoughby