Culture minister accused of threatening National Theatre performers during Velvet Revolution

26-10-2009

In his then post of head of the opera section of the National Theatre, the Czech minister of culture, Václav Riedlbauch, may have threatened striking performers during the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Czech Television reported. The station said Mr Riedlbauch had threatened to fine, expel or even have imprisoned members of the theatre, backing up the assertion with a document from that time. The minister has refused to comment on the allegations.