The controversial motorcycle gang the Night Wolves staged a ride through Prague on Saturday. Some 80 members of the controversial gang, who are travelling through the Czech Republic on their annual ride from Moscow to Berlin to mark the end of WWII, drove through the Czech capital, crossing the Wenceslas Square. The ride has been approved by Prague City Hall. Dozens of people have gathered on the square prior to the event to protest against it. Some of them attempted to prevent the bikers from passing by blocking their way. However, the event passed off without any major incidents.
For the first time in history, concerts of the Prague Spring International Music Festival will be broadcast live in cinemas around the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as on a giant outdoor screen on Kampa Island. The 71st edition of Prague Spring gets underway on June 3. However, a prologue to the festival takes place on Saturday at Prague's Rudolfinum with a performance by Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
More than 5,000 people took part in a march through the centre of Prague in favour of the legalisation of marihuana in the Czech Republic on Saturday. The march culminated with a happening at Letná park. The ‘Million Marihuana March’ took place in the Czech capital already for the nineteenth time. Dozens of police were out in force to accompany the event and maintain order. Marihuana is legal for the treatment of certain medical conditions but possession of more than a small amount is still an offence.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic in the next four weeks should be average for the time of the year. According to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday, we can expect day temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius in the coming weeks, which is normal or slightly above the average for May. Rainfall levels over the next four weeks should also be average for the time of year. The highest levels of precipitation can be expected in the last week of the month.
Offices of Prague criminal police investigators have been wiretapped, the daily Právo wrote on Saturday. According to the the daily, certain offices have been surveilled by hidden cameras. The wiretapping allegedly concerns a team investiating the scandal surrounding EU funds for the Stork’s Nest farm and conference centre of ANO leader Andrej Babiš. According to the Czech Television, the finding could also be linked to the case of Jana Nečasová, the wife of ex-prime minister Petr Nečas, who was charged with abuse of power.
A commemorative ceremony for victims of the communist regime took place at Motol cemetery in Prague on Saturday. The event, organised by the Confederation of Former Political Prisoners, was attended by the Minister of Culture Daniel Herman and Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová, who laid wreathes at the memorial to the victims of communism. Motol cemetery was one of the places where those who died at the hands of the communists were secretly buried in mass graves. The existence of the mass grave was only discovered after the fall of communism.
The Czech Republic beat Russia 3-0 in their opening game of the Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow on Friday. Tomáš Kundrátek and Roman Červenka secured a 2-0 lead in the opening period, while Michal Birner added an empty-netter in the final seconds of the game. Goaltender Dominik Furch, who made his debut wth the national team, made 25 saves. The Czech team will face Latvia in the next game.
The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority has ordered retailers to pull an alcohol-free beer from their shelves which tests showed contained more alcohol than advertised or allowed. Samples of a beer called Vyškovské pivo Alkostop, the news site Novinky.cz reported, were found to contain 1.6 percent alcohol - far higher than than the maximum 0.5 permitted in alcohol-free beer. Further tests have been ordered with costs reportedly to be covered by the producer. The spokesman for the authority said that the higher percentage of alcohol could lead to problems, were, for example, a consumer to get behind the wheel.
Friday saw the launch of trading of the banking share Moneta Money Bank on the Prague Stock Exchange. The shares were offered at 68.53 crowns a share and immediately jumped around half a percent at the start of trading. Around 260 million shares have been offered on the market representing around 51 percent of the value of the bank. Monet was formerly GE Money Bank with the shares launch part of the US parent company’s to get out of financial services and focus on industrial production.
The Czech competition office has announced a fine of 278 million crowns on a group of 12 construction companies. The ČTK agency said that the largest fine, amounting to tens of millions of crowns, had been imposed on the Hochtief company. The Polish-based building company, Swietelsky, had cooperated with the competition watchdog in a bid to reduce its fine, the agency added. The cartel allegedly covered building contracts in South Bohemia and the Vysočina. The companies can still appeal the fines and findings of the authority.