Czech Far Right Group Stages 'Islamic State' Takeover of Prague

A Czech rightwing extremist group caused alarm when they staged a protest dressed as Islamic State fighters in Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday, August 21. Local media reported that several people were injured when protesters, who arrived in a Humvee and on a camel, fired replica machine guns sparking a panic.

Police quickly shut down the event, which was reportedly organized by activist Martin Konvička, who was charged with inciting hatred against Muslims in November.

Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec branded the demonstration as an example of “political cretinism” in a statement posted on Twitter. The protest was timed to coincide with the 48th anniversary of Warsaw Pact forces invading Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring movement.

This video shows the protest, which was intended to represent the Islamic State’s invasion of Prague. Credit: Facebook/Aaron Günsberger