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Airsoft gun attack was not isolated act, says Klaus

8 October 2012

Prague, Oct 5 (CTK) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus is convinced that the airsoft gun attack on him in Chrastava, north Bohemia, a week ago was not an isolated act of one man in a border town, Klaus said in an interview for daily Lidove noviny (LN) a part of which was published Friday.

In the interview, Klaus is polemicising against the opinion that it was an isolated act of a man who was motivated rather by his personal problems than some "scribblers'" writings.

In his criticism of "scribblers," Klaus was hinting, among others, at Michael Viewegh, a Czech writer of bestsellers, who is targetting Klaus in his latest satirical novel, Frost Coming from the Castle, and indicates that he is a Russian agent.

Pavel Vondrous, a 26-year-old left-leaning man shot plastic pellets from an airsoft pistol from a close distance at Klaus in Chrastava, last Friday. Then he left the site of the incident without Klaus's bodyguards intervening and he even gave an interview to media before his arrest.

"Either some journalist is formulating his interview in another style, or he must be a very intellectual person," Klaus said about the shooter.

"Another unclear dimension of the isolation is the apparently forged recording of my bodyguards' communication. He (the attacker) has definitely not faked it, so someone else must have don it... And if this is a fake recording, then we will get from an isolated act into something completely different," Klaus told LN.

He also expressed surprise at "the absolute hatred" with which a certain group of leftist culture-media circles started fighting the word assassination."

Klaus considers even Roman Joch, former adviser to Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) in foreign affairs and human rights, one of this group.

In his Internet blog, Joch, who is known as a hardline conservative, however, expressed disagreement with the opinion that the attack on Klaus was an assassination. Joch also indicated that Klaus was behaving cowardly after the attack.

Necas immediately ended cooperation with Joch in reaction to his statements on Klaus that he categorically rejected.

"People who admit that this (airsoft gun attack) is an interesting way of protest are jointly responsible for it," Klaus told LN.

Vondrous said his desperate act was to point to the fact that politicians did not listen to people. The police accused him of breach of the peace.

Klaus's bodyguards probably failed during the incident. The General Inspection of Security Forces (GIBS) is checking their steps.

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