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Czech Press Release
Oct 06, 2000, 12:25
from the Czech Embassy:


Embassy of the Czech Republic 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY
tel.: 020 7243 1115 fax: 020 77279654
PRESS RELEASE 4th October 2000
The Annual Meeting of World Bank and International Monetary Fund ended in
Prague on 27th September 2000.
President of World Bank J.Wolfenson and IMF Managing Director H. Kohler
expressed their gratitude to the Czech President, government and organisers
for their hospitality and also voiced their regret over the events
surrounding the demonstrations.
H. Kohler stressed that "Prague, the Czech Republic and all its citizens
ought to be proud of how they have enhanced their reputation in the world".
J.Wolfenson considers the Prague meeting " a first class success, the
preparation and implementation of which could not have been better".
According to J. Wolfenson "Prague will be remembered as a city of mutual
exchange of opinion".
These statements, as well as the address by President Václav Havel at the
opening ceremony, are available on the Meeting´s webside at: www.amp2000.cz.
Demonstrations by anti-globalization protesters turned violent on 26th
September 2000.
Some of the demonstrators attacked the police with stones and Molotov´s
coctails and later provoked in the centre of Prague violent conflicts with
the Czech Police lasting several hours. Material damage is estimated to be
well over 20 million Czech Crowns.
Law enforcement measures were observed by Civic Legal Monitor - groups of
independent activists under the auspices of the non-governmental
organisation the Helsinki Citizens Assembly.
The Czech Police detained over 800 people. Most of them have been released
by now.
The conditions in the detention facilities have been monitored by the Czech
Government Human Rights Committee.
As of 2nd October 2000, 20 foreign nationals are in custody on charges of
assault on a public official, breach of order and damaging or destruction
of property. Among the charged are 7 Hungarians, 3 Danes, 3 Poles, 2
Spaniards, 2 Romanians, one Austrian, one German and one American. 6 of the
detainees are women.
The Czech Police and the Ministry of Interior were repeatedly rejecting the
claims of mistreatment of some detainees quoted by the media and listed in
numerous letters and e-mails by anti-globalization activists.
The Czech Interior Ministry Inspection is already working on some cases and
will consider and investigate any complaint filed by a person who feels
that he or she was treated by the Czech Police in contravention of
provisions of international human rights treaties.
Each detainee with a genuine grievance can lodge a criminal complaint.
You may want to contact the Ministry of Interior and Prague Police directly:
Prague Police:www.mppraha.czadmin@mppraha.czMinistry of Interior:www.mvcr.cz
dotazy@mvcr.cz this one is for enquires
stiznosti@mvcr.cz this one is for complaints
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