Prague Mayor Hřib Under Police Protection

Prague Morning

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) is under police protection. The exact reason for this measure was not given by the municipality.

The Mayor’s spokesperson Martina Vacková informed the Czech media this afternoon. In the second half of March, police detained a man who threatened Hřib because of anti-coronavirus measures.

“The reasons and specific protection methods cannot be commented, following the decision of the police. For security reasons, the Mayor is currently unable to use public transport,” said Vacková.

Hřib recently filed a criminal complaint against an unknown offender. “Someone was following and watching outside his house,” added Vacková. It is not clear whether the current police protection and the case are related.

Hřib is married and has three children.

On March 19, Prague police detained a man who had threatened the Mayor over the phone due to the measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The man was charged with extortion.

Zdeněk Hřib is a member of the Czech Pirate party and was inaugurated as mayor of Prague in November 2018.

Born in a family of architects on 21 May 1981, he decides to go for a medical career, and after completing his studies at the Medical Faculty in Prague, devotes himself to scientific research on the quality and efficiency of public services.

He is the author of a number of articles in both domestic and foreign media.

He is a member of several working groups on IT and quality of service at ministerial level, the World Health Organization, and the European Union. He is also a Director of the Society of Applied Research, Education, and Management in Health and occasionally lectures students inside and outside the faculty.

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