The eight Prague Pride festival of LGBT culture culminated on Saturday with
a traditional parade through the city centre. An estimated 40,000 people
took part in the procession, which set off from Wenceslas Square and ended
at Prague’s Letná plain, where a concert is held.
The main focus of this year’s LGBT festival was on a bill, due to be debated in Parliament in the autumn, that would allow gays and lesbians to enter into regular marriages, which would give them the same rights as heterosexuals. At present they can only enter into so-called registered partnerships.
A historic train has embarked from Prague’s main train station on Saturday commemorating the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. It was on this day, in 1921, that the president left for his first stay at the Lány Chateau. The train, towed by a steam engine nicknamed the Noblewoman, is heading to Stochov in central Bohemia. Dozens of people have attended the event to have a look at Masaryk’s presidential carriage. There is also a special program at the Museum of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk at Lány to mark the anniversary.
Up to 100 tonnes of fish are estimated to have died in a pond in the
Břeclav region in south Moravia due to a low level of water, which led to
a low concentration of oxygen. The incident happened on Thursday, which was
the hottest day so far this year.
Around two dozen fishermen are at the site removing the dead carp and silverfish from the water. According to the administrator of the fish pond, Oldřich Pecha, the losses are estimated at several million crowns.
The drown-out period of hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in fish ponds, minor rivers and streams.
The Czech Republic’s Nikola Ogrodníková came second in the women’s
javelin at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Friday night,
securing a first medal for the Czech team.
Ogrodníková, who is 27, was beaten by Christin Hussong of Germany; her
best throw 67.90 meters was six centimeters longer than the Czech’s.
Anežka Drahotová secured another silver for the Czech team in the 20-kilometer speedwalking race on Saturday, finishing 30 seconds behind María Pérez of Spain.
People have donated nearly four million crowns in support of the families
of the Czech soldiers who were killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on
The collection is organised by the Defence Ministry’s Military Solidarity Fund, which aims to help war veterans in unexpected life situations and support the relatives of deceased or injured soldiers.
The remains of the three Czech soldiers returned to the country on Wednesday. Sergeant Martin Marcin, Corporal Kamil Beneš and Corporal Patrik Štěpánek have been posthumously promoted to the rank of officer and will be buried with military honours.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček and Labour Minister Jana Maláčová
held talks with the head of the congress of trade unions Josef Středula on
Friday on a wage increase in the public sector. A deal concerning a pay
rise of public sector employees should be reached by the end of August.
Unions are demanding a ten percent pay rise for all public sector employees. The budget proposal for next year envisages a 15 percent pay rise for teachers and a six percent hike for other public sector workers.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is against a blanket salary rise, arguing that teachers and people in other underpaid professions should see a more significant salary increase.