NGO providing environmental legal counseling calls for dismissal of police chief, commanding officer in Šumava controversy

An NGO providing environmental legal counseling has called for the dismissal of a regional police chief as well as the commanding officer in a recent police action against protesters in the Šumava National Park on the grounds of police brutality. According to the NGO, officers removed activists holding a blockade in the nature reserve to prevent felling of bark-beetle infested trees in a manner that was more brutal than necessary and in violation of human rights. Several activists who suffered police brutality have reported their experiences to the NGO, among them the head of the South Bohemian branch of the Green Party, Jiří Guth. At the weekend, the Czech Helsinki Committee also criticized the behavior of police officers in removing protesters as unnecessarily cruel.

Author: Sarah Borufka