September 18, 1997
A mob of anti-Anglo protestors raged through the streets of downtown Prague last night, searching through local shops and homes in an effort to find two British citizens whom they blamed for recent troubles. The Czech capital has experienced a string of serial killings over the summer months, as well as an uptick in robbery and arson. Officials state that the crimes are not related, but few citizens found comfort in such reassurances.
Czech Police responded to the riot with their elite Rapid Response Unit, only the find the mob already dispersing. By morning, the rioters had disappeared, yet numerous stores and stalls were damaged in the violence, and several cars were overturned and lit on fire. No group has come forward to take credit for inciting the riot, though the Czech Police are continuing to investigate.
There were no reports of the supposed British perpetrators being found, lending credence to the growing belief that they were “fictional bogeymen”, in the words of Deputy Mayor Radola Eliáš. Eliáš, in a terse statement to the press, added, “It’s disappointing. These are the types of silly, superstitious behaviours one would expect see with the Romani or their ilk, not here in this metropolitan city.”