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Czech activists project light pictures against Xi Jinping’s visit

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Prague, March 30 (CTK) – Czech activists projected light pictures and texts criticising Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing visit to Prague on the buildings of Prague Castle, seat of the Czech heads of state, last night, the photos posted on Facebook by former Greens deputy Katerina Jacques show.
At night, the police found the probable place from which the activists were screening the show, but they did not arrest anyone, police spokesman Tomas Hulan has told CTK.
The Presidential Office will not deal with the affair, President Milos Zeman’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek has said.
“We have reacted with a unique light project at Prague Castle to Xi’s visit to Prague,” the activists said online.
“We believe that the real truth and love [slogans of former president Vaclav Havel] will address many Czech citizens at least on the facade of Prague Castle,” the activists said.
The texts and patterns projected on the facade of a Prague Castle building facing the Vltava River reminded of Havel, a critic of human rights abuses in China, and called for the liberation of Tibet and Taiwan.
The activists also projected the texts saying “a president [meaning Milos Zeman] for sale” and “CZ for sale.”
On Tuesday, President Milos Zeman and Xi Jinping signed a strategic cooperation agreement between the Czech Republic and China.
Ovcacek said Xi Jinping’s visit to the Czech Republic was of a tremendous importance and Chinese investments were important.
“Given the reaction of the public, this affair is quite marginal, which means that the Presidential Office will not deal with it at all,” Ovcacek said.
“An activists’ show has appeared in connection with the Chinese visit, with Miroslav Kalousek, chairman of the opposition TOP 09, having definitively become its leader on Tuesday,” he added.
“I can only guess that this was a picture from the life of a well-known fighter for the rights of the Tibetan people, Kalousek,” Ovcacek said ironically about the project.
Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to Prague has been accompanied by a number of protests.
The association for the creation of Havel’s statue installed a billboard featuring Havel flanked by the Tibetan Dalai Lama in Evropska Street along which Xi Jinping rode from Prague’s airport.
In some streets, activists sprayed with dye Chinese flags put up on the occasion of Xi Jinping’s visit, replacing them with Tibetan flags.
On Tuesday, hundreds of people protested in Prague against human rights abuses in China.
Xi Jinping ends his visit yesterday. Before leaving, he is scheduled to visit an economic forum along with Zeman in Prague and he will be shown round the historical Strahov Monastery in Prague.

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