Czech scout says Facebook threats after viral photo are proof of intolerance
A photograph of a Czech teenage girl scout confronting a Neo-Nazi supporter has been widely shared on social media worldwide as a symbol of defiance against the far-right movement. The image, which has collected over 60,000 points on Reddit, was taken during a May Day rally in the Czech Republic’s second biggest town of Brno.
In an interview for the Czech Radio, Lucie, who has been a scout for seven years, explained why she was wearing her girls scout uniform:
“I think it made sense, because fascism and totalitarian regimes in general are in contradiction with the scouting movement. Although scouting is apolitical, I think that assuming a clear stand was the right thing to do. Scouting also teaches us to be free, to express ourselves and to be active in public, in other words to try to make the world a better place. This was an ideal opportunity to show that we really abide by these principles.”
Ms Myslíková explained that she was arguing with the man over refugees and migrants. She said she was trying to explain to him that countries had a duty to help those fleeing war, and that in such cases borders did not exist.
“It is very moving to be connected over thousands of kilometres with a person who is so high-placed and who took the trouble to call and say thank you. It is great to see that the values we stand up for are acknowledged even so far away.”
Not all the reactions to the picture were positive, however. Threats of violence against the young girl also appeared on Facebook, prompting the police to report the page and launch an investigation.
Lucie Myslíková, for her part, said this was yet more proof of growing intolerance in the society.