President Klaus says tougher action needed against extremism

Speaking at the commemorative ceremony in Lidice, President Vaclav Klaus expressed concern over growing extremism in the Czech Republic and said the authorities should take a much tougher line against its representatives. He said the country’s legislation afforded the means to do so but that some ministers and mayors were unnecessarily cautious in employing those means. Last week the police conducted the biggest ever anti-extremist operation in the country, arresting and charging ten far-right radicals in the process. The interior ministry has promised to provide towns and municipalities with a manual on how to fight various forms of extremism more effectively.