Guerrilla art group replaces presidential flag with giant underpants
Pranksters from the art group known as Ztohoven made their mark at Prague Castle at the weekend when they replaced the country’s presidential flag with a giant pair of red boxer shorts. The move, the group said, was in direct protest against President Miloš Zeman. His spokesman condemned the act as dishonourable.
This Saturday, the group was at it again: three members, disguised as chimney sweeps, lowered the presidential flag on the roof of Prague Castle, replacing it with giant red underpants. In a statement online, Ztohoven made clear the move was a jab at the current president, Miloš Zeman, who the group labelled a man “not ashamed of anything”. The group put video of the underpants online but the three “chimneysweeps” were arrested by the Castle Guard.
“The last time we saw such an act of dishonour was on March 15, 1939 when the Nazi flag was raised above Prague Castle. We did not such a thing even after the Soviet occupation. It is an act which deserves to be treated only with contempt and that is also the view of the president. I repeat, contempt.”
Later, Mr Ovčáček went on to describe the group as “vandals pretending to be artists”. The group, meanwhile, defended the protest, arguing it was not a question of dishonour. One of its members spoke to Czech TV:
“This has nothing to do with desecration of the flag. In our view, taking away the symbol from someone who definitely doesn’t own it is an adequate reaction.”