KRTETICE- The concert of neo- Nazi bands, which was attended by some 500 people, in a restaurant in Krtetice ended without police intervention today in early night hours.
Activists say that this was the largest meeting of extremist groups’ supporters in the Czech Republic this year.
According to CTK information, the concert was held by neo- Nazi organisations National Resistance along with Blood and Honour Division Bohemia Combat 18.
Hundreds of policemen monitored the event which started on Saturday evening at about 8:30 p.m.
“We have not found that the law was violated, so there was no reason for our policemen to intervene on the spot,” South Bohemian police spokesman Dusan Klicha said.
The concert, officially held as a private celebration of a wedding, ended earlier than planned as only three out of the five invited bands played there. The last participants left the concert venue after 1:00 a.m. today under the supervision of some 80 armoured policemen.
“The organisers must have been warned that if the did not end it, police would intervene. I cannot explain it otherwise,” Ondrej Cakl from the Tolerance and Civic Society association told CTK.
He added that the participants chanted racist slogans and the name of Nazi boss Rudolf Hess, one of the closest aides to Adolf Hitler. Some journalists even heard the “Sieg Heil” Nazi greeting being shouted there.
Police patrols checked all arriving cars. Further police reiforcements arrived in the village later at about 11:00 p.m. Klicha said that the police monitored the concert inside as well and would assed the material next week.
Organisers allowed only the invited guests to enter the venue and they covered the windows with sheets. After the concert, skinheads left the place without problems.
Five music bands were to play at the concert, including Czech bands Conflict 88 and Blizzard, Oidoxie from Germany, Hungarian group Titkolt Ellenallasa and the most famous cult British band Razors Edge.
The Blood and Honour Division Bohemia Neo-Naziorganisation is a branch of the international organisation founded in Britain in 1987. The Czech division was set up in 1996.
The name Combat 18 is used for an armed branch of the Blood and Honour, operating all over Europe and in the USA. The number 18 symbolises the first and eight letters in the alphabet, A and H – the initials of Adolf Hitler. This militant group openly calls for attack on foreign immigrants, Romanies and Jews.