Young opponents of Social Democrats post raised-finger photos on anti-Paroubek page

Critics of the Social Democrats have hit back at the party’s leader Jiří Paroubek after he said functionaries would take photographs of opponents at election meetings to see whether the same faces appeared at rallies in different parts of the country. The Social Democrats say if they do spot the same faces in various places that will be evidence of planned opposition and they will post the photographs on the internet, a practice they say is already employed by rivals the Civic Democrats. Many young people have reportedly reacted by posting pictures of themselves with their middle fingers raised on an anti-Paroubek page on the social networking website Facebook. Last year Social Democrat representatives were pelted with eggs on the hustings on several occasions.

Author: Ian Willoughby