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Students start chain hunger strike against Communists

9 January 2013

Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia, Jan 8 (CTK) - South Bohemian students and other volunteers launched a chain hunger strike in protest at the participation of the Communists (KSCM) in the regional government at midnight, Simon Heller told CTK on behalf of the organisers.

Some 60 people want to participate in it, but their number will probably rise, Heller said.

"The rules are simple. Participants in the chain hunger strike must not eat for 24 hours and they can drink only water," Heller, who is the first to take part in the hunger strike, explained.

He added that the organisers would continue in the hunger strike until the regional leaders changed their view of the governing coalition of the KSCM and the Social Democrats (CSSD).

Along with students, other personalities will join the hunger strike. One of them is Zdena Masinova, sister of the Masin brothers, legendary anti-Communist fighters from the early 1950s.

Moreover, every participant in the hunger strike will remind of one executed political prisoner under the communist regime.

This has not been the first protest of students in South Bohemia against Communists in the region's self-rule authority.

Three protest rallies were staged in the regional capital of Ceske Budejovice in November and December 2012. Several dozen students and other volunteers also went on a 24-hour hunger strike in December.

The regional elections in South Bohemia last October were won by the CSSD before the KSCM.

At their first meeting, the newly elected regional assembly members elected a Communist, Vitezslava Baborova, to the post of chairwoman of the education department. This outraged a part of students and the general public.

Before the election, a teacher from a local grammar school wrote a petition against a Communist heading the education sector. It has been signed by over 12,000 people.

Students of this grammar school were the first to protest against Baborova's appointment, other schools joined them soon.

In reaction to it, a petition in support of Baborova emerged. It has been signed by over 6000 people.

Students call the current situation in the regional government a deception of voters. They point to the CSSD's Bohumin resolution from 1995 in which the party vowed not to ally with the KSCM and any other extremist parties.

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