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Extremists in ČR criticise mainly migration, government

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Prague, April 28 (CTK) – Migration and the criticism of the EU, domestic political leaders and the media remained in focus of extremist groups in the Czech Republic in the first quarter of the year, according to a current report on extremism released by the Interior Ministry.
A high risk is posed by the tendencies by some entities to create anti-Islam and anti-immigrant home guard groups, the report says.
The entities that promote home guards are expediently trying to provoke people’s feeling of being threatened by the Muslim community and migrants. Nevertheless, their efforts have been mostly virtual for the time being, the report says.
In the first three months of 2016, extremists organised 73 events, 33 of which were staged by left-wing entities, 32 by right-wing ones, and eight by anti-Islamist and anti-migrant ones, the report says.
It says the extreme right wing remained split due to the rivalry between the Workers’ Party of Social Justice (DSSS) and National Democracy (ND), with neither of them being supported by traditional neo-Nazis.
The report points at the development of ND, which established a number of local organisations in 2015 and its agenda switched from the criticism of the EU to the criticism of the Czech government, PM Bohuslav Sobotka and his Social Democratic Party (CSSD).
Compared with other groups, ND’s rhetoric is strikingly radical. Among others, it offers pro-Russian orientation as an alternative to Prague’s foreign policy, the report says.
The extreme left joined activities aimed against the rightist, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam entities in the first quarter of the year, the report continues.
A part of the anarchist movement focused on supporting their prosecuted colleagues or setting police cars on fire, the report adds.

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