Updates: 10.02.2021 14:25
Prague – On most of the hill, from where the police expelled toboggans on Petřín on Tuesday, the city decree banning sledding and similar activities does not apply. However, according to city police spokeswoman Irena Seifert, people also drove to places where sledding was no longer allowed, and the police had to deal with it. According to her, the situation should be clarified by signs. The intervention of police officers on Tuesday was criticized by a number of politicians, including Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates), according to which the city will change the decree.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (CSSD) told reporters on Monday that, according to him, skiing on Petřín is not in accordance with the law. According to Seifert, this “inaccurate and perhaps to some extent misleading” statement provoked a wave of media inquiries, which were in the nature of a report of an infringement and had to be dealt with by law.
“The situation was all the more complicated because people on skis, bobsleighs and snowboards moved from land where this activity is prohibited by the Green Decree to places where it is allowed,” the spokeswoman said. According to the decree, tobogganing is forbidden in the Seminar Garden, especially above the playground, which is next to the Hellichova kindergarten.
According to Seifert, the police officers’ action was helpful, because they only warned people and did not impose any fines. “The situation is very emotionally tense, not only for the public, but also for us police officers, so we have to defend ourselves against the statements that police officers bully someone,” she said. She added that the content of the decree could be discussed, but at the moment it is valid in this form.
On Tuesday, a number of Prague politicians criticized the police officers’ actions. The mushroom called the expulsion of children off the slope nonsense and said that the decree on the protection of public greenery, which provides for a ban on sledding in selected places, will need to be updated. The mayor’s deputy Petr Hlubuček (STAN) wrote on Facebook that a local sign will be added to Petřín about where sledding is possible. This was also stated by Seifert today.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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