Workers’ Party planning further protest in Litvínov, scene of unrest on Monday

20-11-2008

The small far-right grouping the Workers’ Party are planning another protest in Litvínov, where they clashed with police on Monday after attempting to attack a largely Romany neighbourhood. The spokesperson who announced the follow-up demonstration said only that it would take place in the near future. On Monday, a state holiday, hundreds of Workers’ Party members fought a three-hour pitched battle with police in the north Bohemian town, after they were barred from entering the Janov estate; sixteen people were injured and a number of arrests were made. The Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolánek, has given his support to an Interior Ministry proposal to ban the Workers’ Party.