published: 25.08.2013, 16:00 | updated: 25.08.2013 16:04:26
Prague - The police detained 101 people over breach of law at anti-Romany demonstrations and marches in four towns in the Czech Republic on Saturday, police spokeswoman Ivana Jezkova told CTK today.
In all, the protests as well as rallies against them were watched by some 2,500 police, Jezkova said, adding that in general, the police coped well with their tasks.
"We had to resolve most problems in Ostrava, where we arrested 62 people, while 29 were taken to the police stations in Plzen, west Bohemia, nine in Ceske Budejovice, south Bohemia, and one in Duchcov, north Bohemia," Jezkova said.
In other towns, the protests were calm, she added.
"In our view, the protests were most quiet in Jicin, east Bohemia, and we did not have to intervene in any way in Brno and Decin, north Bohemia, where a sort of protest funny rallies were held," Jezkova said.
A rally against "black racism, police violence and social injustice" was also called for Varnsdorf, north Bohemia, but there was quiet, too.
Jezkova said in Ostrava the demonstrators had destroyed both police and civilians' cars and surrounding houses, some of them hurled stones, bottles and other things on the police and onlookers.
"They injured 21 police officers. According to our information, the medical staff also treated four demonstrators," she added.
Moravia and Silesia Region police spokeswoman Gabriela Holcakova said the detained demonstrators had included drunken persons and teenage girls.
They will face various criminal charges, Holcakova said.
"These were mostly breach of the peace, damage to property and violence against an official person," Holcakova said, adding that the charges had not yet have been pressed.
Far right extremists have called online another rally for Ostrava for September 27.
Jezkova said hundreds of police had been deployed in the towns in which the marches and rallies were held.
The police from anti-riot teams played a big role, she added.
"After 18:00, there was quiet and safety in all the towns, with the police only monitoring the situation and dealing with minor problems," Jezkova said.
Roughly 1,500 far-right followers attended anti-Romany rallies and marches in eight towns on Saturday.
However, except for Ostrava, there was no violence.
Rallies protesting against racism and intolerance were attended by about 1,000 people.
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