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Ministry sues man for wearing SS uniform at public event

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Prague, Nov 24 (CTK) – The Czech Defence Ministry has filed a criminal complaint against a man who wore a Nazi uniform at a public war veterans remembrance event earlier this month, Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The man’s offence was previously criticised by the media and people on social networks.

“The Defence Ministry has filed a criminal complaint in connection with the commemorative event on the War Veterans Day in Rakovnik. SS symbols have no place at the War Veterans Day celebrations,” Stropnicky wrote.

According to the website, the meeting took place in the town of Rakovnik, central Bohemia, on November 11, at a plaque commemorating local residents who served in the British Royal Air Force during WWII. has published photos with Jiri Svoboda, head of the Rakovnik Club of Military History, giving a speech at the plaque. The photos also show that several men in historical uniforms stood nearby. One of them wore a historical German military uniform with Nazi symbols and symbols of the infamous SS special units.

Observers criticised not only the man in the uniform but also Svoboda, the speaker, for his promotion of President Milos Zeman.
If Zeman’s opponents dislike his being president, based on the direct election result, they may either move abroad or hang themselves, Svoboda said in the speech on the War Veterans Day.

Some steps of Zeman, former Social Democrat prime minister, have repeatedly provoked waves of public and media criticism, but still his popularity keeps above 50 percent now, some 15 months before the end of his mandate, according to public opinion polls.

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