Police president apologises for Tibetan flag incident at Prague Film Academy
Police President Tomáš Tuhý has apologized to the dean of the Czech Film Academy (FAMU )for the behaviour of two police officers on the academy’s premises during the recent visit to Prague by the Chinese president. In an incident reminiscent of communist-era practices, the officers entered the premises and demanded to know who was responsible for hoisting the Tibetan flag on the building.
The incident was reminiscent of communist-era practices and the interior minister was under fire to launch a thorough investigation. He vehemently denied claims that police had received orders to quell anti-Chinese protests during the visit and said he would resign if an investigation revealed that the police had received orders to “side with Chinese demonstrators and intervene against Czech human rights activists”.
The academy’s dean Pavel Jech told Czech Radio he accepted the apology, but did not consider the matter closed.
Meanwhile, an investigation continues into other incidents that accompanied the Chinese president’s visit, including who gave the order for the police to prevent a demonstration by human rights activists on Hradčanské náměstí which had been approved by Prague City Hall and claims by human rights activists who got into skirmishes with Chinese nationals that the police had intervened against them unfairly.