Czech political leaders react to London terrorist attack
Politicians across the Czech political scene have been expressing their solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Wednesday’s terrorist incident in London. The attack, in which a driver ploughed into pedestrians along Westminster Bridge, and then stabbed a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament, has so far caused four confirmed deaths, with dozens more injured.
Speaking to Czech Television as events unfolded, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec confirmed that the country’s security services were coordinating with their counterparts in London:
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek also issued a statement offering his condolences on Twitter. The incident occurred during his visit to Washington, D.C. to attend a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, in which ministers from this coalition discussed the ongoing fight against the terrorist organization. Only an hour before the London attacks, Zaorálek tweeted about recent advances made against ISIL in Mosul, Iraq, noting: “Military defeat will not end the battle against ISIL. The threat of its foreign fighters remains. And that means an increased risk of terrorist attacks.”
Members of the opposition also reacted to the attacks. Communist Party leader Vojtěch Filip declared that “evil” had once again struck, adding that the incident underscored the security threat faced by Europe, and that finding a solution to the problem of terrorism “cannot be put off any more.”
Civic Democrat chair Petr Fiala also took to Twitter condemning what he described as a “cowardly” attack. In a separate tweet he lambasted the government for rejecting a proposed increase in military spending.
Meanwhile, Prague Castle stated that President Miloš Zeman was also following events in London and awaiting clarification of what exactly has transpired.