PROTESTS surfaced in Czechia after parliament vote for Zdeněk Ondráček as head of the lower house commission for the supervision of the General Inspection of Security Corps (GIBS).

After a vote in the parliament for the position with 79 of 155 MP’s voting favour (a slim victory), local protests have broken out in the capital city of Prague and some other large cities with people holding signs and waving Czech flags.

The demonstrators are protesting the selection of Zdeněk Ondráček, a member of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM). Zdeněk had been running for this position for the 3rd time. He was involved in the suppression of revolts during the Palach week preceding the Velvet Revolution where he gained infamy due to his harsh treatment of anti-communist demonstrators.

Unofficial numbers put the protesters in Prague at 10.000 people with another 30.000 spread out in various regions.

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