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Did Paroubek deserve the eggs?

By Kristina Alda | Prague Daily Monitor |
18 May 2009

Last Wednesday two young men decided to express their dissatisfaction with the policies of ČSSD leader Jiří Paroubek through a food attack. They pelted the politician at an election rally in Kolín with tomatoes and eggs inscribed with a message that read "I don't want to hurt you, but I hope I don't miss!"

Paroubek, who helped bring down the ODS-led government last month by initiating a vote of no confidence, reportedly lost his cool and screamed "pigs!", while wiping yolk off his lapels.

In an op-ed in on Thursday, political analyst Bohumil Doležal noted that eggs are not the best ingredient in political debate but are still preferable to rocks or hand grenades.

The attack came about a month after the launch of a controversial art exhibition at Prague's Roxy/Nod Gallery, which encouraged visitors to shoot at the portraits of 200 Czech MPs (including Paroubek). The exhibition was condemned by some as being in poor taste, but that didn't stop many visitors from taking up the opportunity. The Czech public, it seems, is becoming fed up with its politicians. What do you think about this?

  • Is it appropriate to attack public figures with food?
  • Did you ever feel tempted to throw something at a politician?
  • And did Paroubek deserve the eggs?


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  • Kristina Alda is the Monitor's managing editor. She likes writing about buildings and public space.
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