Egg protest versus Social Democrats intensifies

Speakers at a pre-election rally of the Social Democrats in Prague, including the party chairman Jíři Paroubek, have once again been bombarded with eggs. The protest method by which the party has been harangued in recent weeks showed no intention of letting up Wednesday afternoon, as the number of eggs hurled moved into the dozens. Scuffles were also reported to have broken out among Social Democrat supporters and protesters, and at least one person was led away by police. President Václav Klaus has responded to the attacks by appealing to politicians and citizens alike to publicly reject and prevent what he labelled a threat to democracy. The spate of egg-throwing attacks, which have targeted primarily Mr Paroubek, has become one of the most discussed issues in the run up to European elections in the Czech Republic.