Update April 25th: Dr. David Duke released from jail, ordered to leave the Czech Republic. Read Dr. Duke's statement HERE.
The European Union continues to slowly pull a 21st century Iron Curtain back down over Europe and manifest itself as the successor state to the former Soviet Union with its incessant assault on free speech. On April 24th, 2009, Dr. David Duke, a former Nazi and Klan wizard who has matured into a responsible White civil rights advocate with the passage of time, was arrested while promoting the newly-published Czech-language version of his classic "My Awakening", as well as the audio version of the book. Visit the open discussion threads on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum for up-to-the-minute updates.
According to accounts gleaned from Czech Happenings and Stormfront, Dr. Duke was giving an interview to a Czech newspaper on April 24th at the Cerny Orel Restaurant in Prague. He was accompanied by 10 Czech patriots who were providing security for him. Suddenly, several police officers from the special "Anti-Extremist Police Unit" burst in, and after a brief confrontation, arrested Dr. Duke on suspicion of promotion of movements seeking suppression of human rights. Dr. Duke is suspected of denying or approving of the Nazi genocide and other Nazi crimes. Non-embeddable video of the arrest available HERE; cops were NOT masked as was previously reported.
The police took Dr. Duke to their 1st Prague district headquarters. They are asking the court to allow Dr. Duke to be detained because of risk of escape and continuing with "committing the crimes". The court has 48 hours to render a decision. Dr. Duke is being represented by attorney Kolja Kubicek, who has successfully defended dissidents in the Czech Republic in the past. The U.S. Embassy in Prague has remained silent about the arrest. The far-right Workers Party published a statement characterizing Dr. Duke's arrest as "unprecedented and reasonless".
Dr. Duke is visiting the Czech Republic at the invitation of local Czech nationalists, described by the European media as "neo-Nazis". He was slated to give three lectures in the Czech Republic. The first was to take place at Prague's Charles University, but the university has banned it. The other two lectures were to be held in the centre of Prague on Saturday and in Brno, capital of Moravia, on Sunday.
Some Czech politicians assessed Duke's visit negatively earlier this week. Official disapproval was expressed by Interior Minister Ivan Langer and Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocab. The Interior Minister is, of course, in charge of the police, but there was no hint that Dr. Duke would actually be arrested after his arrival in the country.
Under Czech law, denying or approving of the Nazi genocide and other Nazi crimes is punishable by up to three years in prison. Wikipedia provides a list of Holocaust-denial laws worldwide HERE. The World Jewish Congress is actively promoting the criminalization of Holocaust denial worldwide.
Until now, Dr. Duke had traveled freely throughout Europe, particularly in Russia. Despite his "Klan" past, European authorities had not interfered with him until now. Perhaps one reason why he's being delayed at this point is that, according to the Prague Monitor, demonstrations against immigration by Roma (Gypsies) which took place during the past weekend got out of hand; in one instance, a petrol bomb was allegedly tossed into a Roma residence, injuring a two-year-old girl. However, until the perpetrators were caught, we won't know whether they were genuine nationalists, or else police agents inserted into their ranks to bring discredit upon them. Nevertheless, Czech authorities may fear that Dr. Duke's presence could incite further demonstrations against Roma immigrants. If this is the case, Czech authorities may simply release Dr. Duke after a few days and expel him from their country with a formal order never to return.
But there is a possibility that the Czechs may be stupid enough to actually charge him and put him on trial. This could be a double-edged sword for the Czech government, because it could provoke greater domestic disturbances as well as international outrage.
For those interested in expressing their concern for the welfare of Dr. David Duke directly to an official Czech representative, use the following link:
Ambassador Petr Kolar
Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel.: (202) 274-9100
Fax: (202) 966-8540