Several hundred animal rights activists have staged a protest march through the centre of Prague demanding a ban on fur farms. Some of the participants were wearing costumes of animals which they claim live in poor conditions, such as foxes or mink. The protest was organised by the animal rights group OBRAZ. On Tuesday, the lower house of Parliament is scheduled to debate a draft bill envisaging a ban on the setting up of new fur farms as of 2017, which would force existing ones to close a year after that.
The National Institute of Public Health has registered 16 cases of Zika virus infection in the Czech Republic. So far, some 800 people have undergone the tests, Hana Zelená of the Ostrava Institute told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. The tests have also detected presence of antibodies against the airborne virus in another 15 people. There are no Olympics or Paralympics athletes among the infected.
Culture Minister Daniel Herman should leave the government, president Miloš Zeman said in an interview for the website Parlamentní listy published on Sunday. Mr Zeman said the culture minister had harmed state interests, referring to his meeting with the Dalai Lama. The president did not rule out that he would discuss the matter with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka during their meeting on Tuesday. The president has also accused Mr Herman of lying about being threatened not to meet with the Dalai Lama.
Meteorologists have warned of ice on roads around the Czech Republic between Sunday night and Monday morning. According to the weather forecast, rain is expected to fall around most of the country on Sunday, gradually changing into snow in the mountain regions. Šumava mountains could see up to ten centimetres of fresh snow.
A large fire broke out at a production hall and warehouse in Horní Cerekev near in Vysočina region. Six fire units were sent to deal with the blaze, which broke out in early morning hours on Sunday. A spokesperson for the local fire service said no injuries were reported and fire officers brought the blaze under control. Material damage has been estimated at over 100 million crowns.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has met with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang during the 16+1 summit of the Prime Ministers of China and Eastern European Countries in Riga. He told journalists after the meeting on Saturday that Beijing’s last minute ban on agriculture minister Marian Jurečka heading a delegation to the country has not been on the agenda of their ten-minute talk. The two countries have also signed a plan for bilateral cooperation within the Silk Road project.
In ice hockey, the Czech team beat Finland 5:4 in the second Karjala Cup tie in Helsinki on Saturday night. Five goals came from Holík, Polášek, Jeřábek, Rutta and Radil. The Czech team will face Russia in the final game on Sunday. In the last three Karjala Cup competitions, in which Finland also plays, the Czechs have come in the last, fourth, place.
Second World War veteran Stanislav Hnělicka who fought the Axis armies at Tobruk has died at the age of 94, the Foreign Ministry informed on its website on Friday. Mr Hnělička, who fought in exile and was wounded at Dunkirk, received a number of awards during his lifetime, including the country's highest honour, the Order of the White Lion as well as the French Legion of Honor, the highest French order for military and civil merits.