Czech police thwart plan by left wing radicals to blow up a train
It has emerged that Czech police last week thwarted a planned attack on a train carrying military equipment from Prague to west Bohemia. The plot to blow up the train, one of a number of attacks hatched by left-wing radicals, allegedly came dangerously close to completion. Three men now face life sentences on charges of terrorism. I asked security expert Andor Šandor about the state of left-wing extremism in the country and how serious a threat it presents.
We tend to hear a lot about right-wing extremism, but not much about the country’s left-wing radicals. Who are they and what do we know about their activities?
“These people are not happy with the way of life in this country, they are not happy with the political situation, they are not happy with the general orientation of the country, but frankly, based on the information that is available now it is premature to say what kind of people they are and what their aims are. We will have to wait for the police to conclude the investigation and for the court to bring them to justice. Only then can we talk about what was behind this and to what group or environment the six apprehended - three of whom are in jail – belonged. We will see if they were just an isolated group of people or part of a broader network of radicals that are not happy with the way of life in this country.”
Would you say that the Czech Republic has now reached a stage where fear of terrorist acts is justified?