Czechs boost security for revolution anniversary after Paris attacks

16th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Czech officials said in the wake of the Paris terror attacks that they would boost security on Tuesday's anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which toppled communism in then Czechoslovakia.

The November 17 public holiday is a popular day for rallies, with far-right extremists, anti-Islamists and refugee supporters all due to hold demonstrations on this year's Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy.

"In the context of increased tension linked to the Paris attack, we will boost the police presence in Prague streets," Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told reporters without giving figures.

The measure also concerns other Czech cities, he said, adding that no terror attack was imminent in the country, days after a series of killings in Paris left at least 129 people dead -- the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil.

Sobotka also announced increased monitoring on the Czech Republic's eastern border with Slovakia. The two countries formed Czechoslovakia until a split in 1993.

"We have signals that some extremist groups would like to exploit November 17 to manifest their policies in some way. We are ready to take action against these extremists," said Interior Minister Milan Chovanec.

© 2015 AFP

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