Czech morning headlines: Prague Pride ends with a massive parade

LGBT+ Prague Pride Parade attracts 60,000 revelers

Some 60,000 people joined the Rainbow Parade on Saturday, crossing the city center from Wenceslas Square to the Letná plain where the program continued into the night. The parade was led by Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib. Participants carried banners and rainbow flags. The festival ended the next day with workshops, a film screening, discussions, a picnic and a mass. The Rainbow Parade was the highest-profile event of the week-long festival for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual (LGBTQ+) community.

Police say there were no incidents in connection with the parade, nor a breach of public order or any other issue. On Na Příkopě Street, revelers were confronted by a group of people quoting the Bible, but the participants did not engage in dialogue with the protesters. The parade took part for the first time after a two-year break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s parade was car-free.

Economy Czech lower house prepares windfall tax

The introduction of an extraordinary windfall tax should go through the legislative process by the end of the year, lower house speaker Markéta Pekarová Adamová said, according to CNN Prima News. The tax will affect the extraordinary profits made by companies in the energy or banking sector that have profited disproportionately from the current economic situation without innovating in their products.

“It’s not their doing, but it is theirs in a way. Hence the exceptional tax. We have prepared the initial basis with several variants, and we will discuss it. But in general, we do not object to a single tax to be paid for a limited time in this extraordinary situation,” Pekarová said.

Policy ANO will ask Prime Minister to replace Rakušan as Interior Minister

Members of the lower house of the opposition movement ANO will send an open letter to Prime Minister Petr Fiala demanding that Interior Minister Vít Rakušan be replaced by the contacts of the head of civilian intelligence Petr Mlejnek with the accused lobbyist Michal Redl, said the leader of the lower house of the ANO, Alena Schillerová, in a television broadcast. debate. She did not rule out that the ANO could provoke a vote of no confidence in the government of Fiala, in which Rakušan is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

Time Strong temperature fluctuations expected this week

The Czechs should prepare for temperature shocks in the coming week. During the day, the country will experience tropical heat, while at night, temperatures will drop rapidly. Thermometers will register differences approaching 20°Celsius. By the end of the following week, more traditional weather conditions for late summer will return, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ). Temperature fluctuations are expected through Thursday. Experts expect a weekly high on Thursday when temperatures hit 35C, dropping to 16C overnight. The weekend should be in the spirit of 22-27°C, the night temperatures should remain relatively high, between 20-15°C.

August 14, 2022

Movie theater Czech-Slovak film wins top prize at Locarno Film Festival

The night siren (Svetlonoc), a co-production between the Czech Republic and Slovakia directed by Tereza Nvotová, won the Golden Leopard for best film in the Concorso Cineasti del presente section of the Locarno Film Festival, which rewards first and second feature films by emerging filmmakers. The Nightsiren is Nvotová’s second feature film after 2017’s Filthy (Spina).

“I’m so happy, I didn’t expect this story of a small village in the Slovak mountains to impress international audiences so much,” Nvotová said in her acceptance speech. “Obviously, the issues faced by our female protagonists aren’t all that different from [the audience].”

POLITICS General Pavel will announce his candidacy for the presidency in September

General Petr Pavel, a former Czech chief of staff and NATO representative, will formally declare his candidacy for the Czech presidency in early September, he told reporters in the Beskids on Saturday. In early public opinion polls, Pavel was one of the top two choices for Czech president alongside former prime minister Andrej Babiš.

“I plan to announce my candidacy in early September. I haven’t set the exact date yet. People will find out in time,” Pavel told reporters. He added that he wanted to collect 50,000 signatures from Czech citizens to support his candidacy. The next Czech presidential election will take place in January 2023.

Sports Plíšková falls to Haddad Maia in Canadian Open semifinals

Czech tennis star Karolína Plíšková lost to Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 7-6 (7) in a hard fought match at the Canadian Open last night in Toronto. The unranked Brazilian has a Cinderella ride at this year’s tournament, having already knocked out top seed Iga Šwiatek and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

Plíšková, who has sixteen career titles, had already made the final of the 2021 Canadian Open, losing to Italy’s Camila Giorgi. Later in the day, Haddad Maia will face Romania’s Simona Halep in this year’s Canadian Open final.

Music Around 20,000 people attend the Brutal Assault festival in Jaroměř

Around 20,000 people attended the extreme music festival Brutal Assault at Josefov Fortress in Jaroměř this year. The festivities wrapped up last night with performances by Leprous, Front Line Assembly and Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.

“It was Wednesday and Thursday’s headliners Cannibal Corpse and Mercyful Fate that generated the most interest,” festival organizer Pavel Pavlík told reporters yesterday. “The biggest surprise for me was yesterday’s closing act, the Czech Hentai Corporation. Such a surge of energy from the audience after four days at the last band late at night was absolutely amazing. wasn’t expecting, especially with a Czech band.”

Crime Czech fugitive on Spain’s most wanted list

Norbert Kohler, a 44-year-old Czech citizen, is among the ten most wanted criminals in Spain, Spanish media reported. Three of the first ten have already been arrested, while the other seven are considered free in Spain. The police asked for the public’s help in apprehending them.

Kohler is suspected of smuggling a total of 212 kilograms of cocaine into Spain, as well as laundering money from the sale of cocaine. Spanish authorities are also looking for the fugitive for crimes for which he has already been convicted in the Czech Republic.

August 13, 2022

Policy Ex-Czech prime minister indicted for tax evasion in France

According to French investigators, Babiš allegedly transferred 15 million euros (381 million crowns) in 2009 between different companies in the British Virgin Islands, the United States and Monaco. This money was eventually used by the Monaco-based company to buy sixteen luxury properties in France, including Chateau Bigaud on the French Riviera.

Sports Tennis star Plíšková reaches semifinals at Canadian Open

Czech tennis star Karolína Plíšková reached the semifinals of the Canadian Open in Toronto after beating China’s Cheng Chin-wen 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. Plíšková, the 14th seed in the tournament, will face Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia tonight at midnight Prague time for a chance to advance to the final.

Haddad Maia knocked out top-ranked Iga Šwiatek earlier in the tournament before beating Olympic winner Belinda Bencic on Friday. The winner of the match will face the winner of the semi-final between American Jessica Pegula and Romanian Simona Halep in the Canadian Open final on Sunday.

Finance Czech gasoline prices at lowest since March

The cost of fuel at Czech gas stations has fallen to its lowest level since March, as Tank ONO, one of the country’s main suppliers, lowered the price of Natural 95 gasoline at its stations to 37.90 crowns the liter. Just ten days ago, the price of Natural 95 at Tank ONO stations was 41.90 crowns per litre.

Other stations are expected to follow suit and prices are expected to continue to fall over the next week. “The reduction in wholesale margins in the European market is very favorable to drivers, especially for gasoline,” Boris Tomčiak of financial investment firm Finlord told local media.

Crime Czech murder rate on the rise in 2022

A total of 90 murders were reported in the Czech Republic until the end of July this year, 25 more than during the same period in 2021, according to official police statistics cited by iDnes.cz. The highest percentage of murders – more than half – involve cases involving a personal relationship between the victim and the killer.

The most recent murders included in police statistics are a triple murder case in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm in which a 49-year-old man shot his partner and two young children before turning the gun on himself- same. This is the third case of murder in the Zlín region in recent months.

Police Use of force against woman at political rally justified, police say

The use of force against a woman who attacked a policeman during a political rally for the ANO party in Český Krumlov last week was justified and adequate, Czech Police Chairman Martin Vondrášek told reporters on Friday. . Still, the police failed to follow proper tactics and some rules were broken, he added.

Vondrášek said plainclothes officers at the rally erred when they intervened between opposing groups without properly identifying themselves as police officers. The woman who was being held by officers had previously said she punched an undercover police officer without realizing he was a member of the police.

Berta D. Wells