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NGO points to Hungarian neo-Nazi wrestler's planned Czech stay

ČTK |
16 May 2013

Prague, May 15 (CTK) - The participants in Friday's martial sports tournament in Prague are to include Attila Petrovszki, a Hungarian contestant who openly claims his adherence to neo-Nazism, Czech server Romea.cz reported Wednesday, citing the Antifascist League's information.

The Prague City Hall and public broadcaster Czech Television (CT), whom the organisers present as the tournament gala evening's partners, have dissociated themselves from it, while other partners said they do not mind the neo-Nazi's participation, Romea.cz wrote.

It wrote that Petrovszki's open adherence to neo-Nazism is clear from his rich tattoos including a swastika and Adolf Hitler's portrait, and a photograph in which he poses wearing a T-shirt with the name of the neo-Nazi group Blood & Honour on it.

On a video recorded last year, Petrovszki uses the Nazi salute to greet the audience after a victorious match.

The organisers say, citing Petrovszki's manager, that he will be dressed at his match in Prague, and that he does not actively support neo-Nazism any more.

"I've been assured that this fighter will appear in Prague dressed and will refrain from any propaganda. The manager also told me that Attila Petrovszki is no longer an active supporter of this [neo-Nazi] movement, he is trying to actively focus on sport and leave his past behind," one of the tournament's organisers, Pavel Tous, is quoted as saying.

While the City Hall and CT have dissociated from the event and asked for their logos to be withdrawn from its website and promotion materials, representatives of the Prague 9 district, the tournament's venue, said they find sufficient the organisers' assurance that Petrovszki will be wearing a maillot.

Similarly, the event's another partner, the Prazska energetika company, said it relies on the organisers' assurances that Petrovszki will be dressed and no problems will accompany his stay in Prague.

Prague 9's spokesman Adam Vazansky said the district authority has asked the police to monitor Petrovszki's appearance and conduct.

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