Czech president Miloš Zeman was heckled and pelted by eggs and tomatoes thrown by several hundred opponents during 25th anniversary commemorations of the uprising against the Communist regime in Prague on 17 November. He was accompanied by heads of state from Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Germany, all of whom received the crowd’s applause, reports Lidové noviny.
Critics accuse Zeman of betraying the human rights commitments of Václav Havel, the “father” of the “Velvet Revolution”, by supporting Russian president Vladimir Putin’s position towards Ukraine and opposing Russian punk group Pussy Riot, as well as showing support for Chinese leaders, notes the Prague daily.
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