“A policeman cannot afford to have a symbol linking him to political power,” the Austrian said on Monday.

It was one of the three plainclothes police officers who intervened against the autistic boy in Borovany that he wore the election cap of the Babiš movement at the ANO rally.

“I assume that at least this matter will be part of the disciplinary proceedings,” Vondrášek said before the meeting with the Minister of the Interior.

The Austrian criticized the labeling of voters as fascists

After meeting with him, the Minister of the Interior also criticized the labeling of voters of political rivals as fascists and Nazis. “It would be good if the extreme marking of the opponents did not sound from the podium,” said the Austrian.

Last week, a video from Babiš’s meeting in Tábor caused a storm of resentment – both from the politicians of the governing parties and on social networks.

“These are fascists and Nazis. These are the voters of Spolu and PirSTAN. These are the people who are dangerous. And I wonder where the police are. Why don’t they separate these aggressors from us?” said the head of ANO in Tábor, according to this video.

“On that trip, I quoted and referred to an article by Petr Kolman from Právo, which has the title Freedom to disrupt meetings. And there I quoted that the fascists in Italy and the Nazis in Germany had already started violently disrupting meetings of political competition to a greater extent a hundred years ago. And it’s true that when we arrived in Tábor, there was already such a tense atmosphere that I probably forgot to refer to it, but I certainly didn’t think that those people were fascists,” Babiš explained on Monday in his show Cău lidi.

They couldn’t have known he was autistic, Babiš said

Last week, at the ANO rally in South Bohemia, three plainclothes police officers “kneeled” an autistic schoolboy who was trying to take away the loudspeaker.

The intervention in Borovany is handled by the General Inspection of the Security Forces.

On Monday, the police received support from Babiš. “I’m sorry that one fourteen-year-old boy ended up at the police station and I’m also sorry for the way the plainclothes policemen had to detain him. The police could not have known that the boy was autistic, because he was not wearing a passport that warns that he suffers from autism. They just saw that he stole the speaker and was aggressive. I’m sorry that this happened, but at the same time I want to thank the police. I know that they don’t have it easy, that they don’t thank anyone and that they are often in the role of slapsticks,” said Babiš in a video he published on social networks on Monday.

According to him, based on the recommendation of police chief Vondrášek, ANO will reserve a place for opponents at meetings. “Newly, according to the recommendation of Mr. Police Chief, we will always reserve a place for opponents,” announced Babiš.

The police president denied that he had given the recommendation to reserve seats for those opposed to the rally

However, after meeting with the Austrian, the police president objected to giving such a recommendation. “I did not ask anyone to separate the participants of the assembly. It would be illegal, unconstitutional. Anyone can come to anyone’s gathering. Everyone can express their opinion there and it doesn’t matter if they agree or disagree,” the police chief denied Babiš’s claim.

“The only thing I said on Friday is that at the moment when the purpose of the meeting is really disrupted to such an extent that, for example, you as the convenor can no longer say what you want intelligibly, and the intensity is significant, it is possible to ensure that you, who disrupt the purpose of that gathering, were at a certain distance from the place of that gathering,” said the police chief.

Vondrášek also consulted with regional police chiefs

Even before the meeting with the Minister of the Interior, the police president connected with the directors of the regional and territorial police departments via video conference. He appealed that the service of the uniformed police and anti-conflict teams prevail at the gatherings and that the police internal control office also participate in the more risky gatherings.

Commanders of city and district police headquarters and territorial unions will receive a one-day training on police response and presence at rallies. They will start this month and around 240 police officers will take part.

During the video conference, the police officers also discussed their role in the gatherings or the need for complete impartiality of the police. Together with the representatives of the security department of the Ministry of the Interior, they also established the general principles of tactics to successfully manage gatherings that can be expected to disrupt public order.

The Austrian wants penalties for erring police officers

The Austrian Minister of the Interior already announced what he would demand before the meeting with the Police Chief – a detailed investigation of the excess, disciplinary sanctions for erring policemen, a presentation of the Czech Police’s tactics during similar events and that the policemen should always be visibly marked in these cases.

The weekly portal drew attention to the incident at the event last week in Borovany Respect. Police officers first “kneeled” an autistic schoolboy in a trio and then took him to the office. At the same time, they refused to take his mother with them.