published: 05.09.2013, 18:43 | updated: 06.09.2013 06:52:13
Vsetin - Czech President Milos Zeman was confronted with a dozen opponents carrying banners for the first time during his tour of the Zlin region at a meeting with citizens in Vsetin today.
Some of the protesters were young people with a portrait of Karel Schwarzenberg, TOP 09 chairman and Zeman's rival candidate in the January presidential election. They wore T-shirts with the slogan "Karel for President."
Zeman's opponents who gathered outside the Vsetin Town Hall were chanting slogans against him during his public speech in the town centre.
They also carried banners with slogans mocking Zeman. Some of them hinted at his strong liking for alcohol.
Zeman did not react to his critics when he was passing by.
However, Zeman´s supporters, who considerably predominated at the rally, clashed with his opponents. They shouted at them and called them names.
Zeman's adherents, for their part, were chanting: "Long Live Zeman" during his 30-minute speech.
"I do not like Milos Zeman due to his political behaviour and his public appearances. He is violating political culture and acts beyond the limits of constitutional powers. He is permanently degrading political culture in the Czech Republic by his cheap populism, bumpkin-like manners and alcoholism... And I must declare that I am a left-wing voter," one of Zeman's local opponents, Karel Gargulak, told CTK.
At a meeting with Zeman in Vsetin, similar topics as at the previous rallies in the region were highlighted, such as unemployment and corruption.
Zeman will end his three-day tour of the region on Friday.
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