Tonight's Protest In Prague

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Thousands of Czechs protested in Prague and other cities on Monday evening after parliament endorsed a Communist party lawmaker to head oversight of the police despite his past in a communist-era special unit.

The lower house on Friday narrowly backed Zdenek Ondracek to head its police oversight committee. It is the first time a Communist lawmaker has held such a post since the fall of communism nearly three decades ago.

Waving Czech and European Union flags, protesters opposing the appointment of Ondracek gathered on a portion of Prague’s Wenceslas Square and shouted“We’ve had enough” and other chants, directed also at Babis.

In 1989, Ondracek’s police unit used water cannon, clubs and dogs to disperse anti-regime protests. The demonstrations eventually led to the peaceful overthrow of Communist dictatorship in what became known as the Velvet Revolution.

A video from 1989 posted on YouTube shows Ondracek defending police actions in an interview with state television.

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