Prime Minister supports outlawing Workers’ Party
The Czech Prime Minister, Mirek Topolánek, has given his support to proposals to outlaw far-right Workers’ Party. The proposal was drafted by Interior Minister Ivan Langer at the start of this month, but has been given extra impetus by an incident on Monday, in which around 1000 riot police clashed with an estimated 500 protesters from the Workers’ Party protesting at a largely Roma housing estate in Litvínov, northern Bohemia. Sixteen people were injured during the incident, in which police used water canons and other measures to break up the demonstration purportedly held to oppose positive discrimination towards Roma. In an interview following the incident, Mr Topolánek stated that the perpetrators must be severely punished, and also added his backing to the proposed law. Before the Workers’ Party is outlawed, the legislation must be assessed by various government departments and approved by the Supreme Administrative Court.