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Prague, Sept 22 (CTK) – Red boxer shorts similar to those a giant version of which the Ztohoven artistic group hung at Prague Castle, the Czech president’s seat, on Saturday, may reappear there en masse within an initiative that a group has announced on Facebook Tuesday.

Prague Castle is the traditional seat of Czechoslovak and Czech presidents where the office of President Milos Zeman is situated.

The new Facebook group has called on its supporters to visit the Castle dressed in red trunks and holding a cup of coffee in their hand as a symbol of “the Prague cafe.”

Zeman has used this label for his opponents, mainly from the ranks of Prague intellectuals.

About 100 people have promised to take part in this practical joke on Facebook.

The first two have posted their pictures in red boxer shorts from “a training action” at Prague Castle on Facebook.

“When we entered the passage between the first and second courtyard and wanted to take a picture of us outside the entry to the president’s wing, all of a sudden the castle police approached us from both sides. They asked us to show our IDs,” one of the protagonists wrote, adding that they were let go after a 30-minute check.

Other photos in which red boxer shorts figure have also appeared on Facebook. One of them is a photomontage showing Zeman in red trunks.

The Ztohoven group, known for its provocative interferences in public affairs, replaced the presidential flag on the roof of Prague Castle with a pair of giant red boxer shorts on Saturday. They released a video-recording of the “performance” on Facebook, saying “the proper flag of a man who is not ashamed of anything finally flies above Prague Castle.”

The police have announced that they detained and then released three men on Saturday on suspicion of rioting and theft for which they face up to two years in prison.

Zeman’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said the perpetrators had thereby defamed the state symbols.

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