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Prague film school calls on police to deal with Tibetan flag case

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Prague, April 1 (CTK) – The Film School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) has called on the police to check the actions of two officers who inquired about the Tibetan flag hanging from the school building during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Prague, the school said on its website.

The Film School was one of the Czech institutions that publicly raised Tibetan flags during Xi’s visit on March 28-30 in support of all groups and individuals whose human rights are violated by the Chinese authorities.

The school’s Academic Senate demanded that the police management check the actions of the two men who presented themselves as criminal police officers in the dean’s office and inquired about the flag several hours before a Czech-Chinese economic forum started in the nearby Zofin Palace, with Xi and his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman participating.

This was an unprecedented violation of the right to freedom of expression, the school’s academic senate said.

Czech Police Presidium spokesman Jozef Bocan on Thursday resolutely dismissed the view that such an incident occurred. No permission is needed to raise a flag, Bocan told public Czech Television (CT).

But the school released a camera recording of the whole incident on Friday.

In reaction, Bocan said the police would investigate the case.

“This alleged excess is checked by the controlling bodies of the police,” he told CT.

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