There are several changes to several laws as of January 1. One of the amendments says that anyone who participates in or attends a demonstration in a public place must have their face UNcovered.
The police and authorities have been calling for this change for years. Football hooligans, anarchists or the extreme-right often “demonstrated” with scarves or other piece of clothing on their faces so that they could not be identified by their opponents. The demonstrations often included fights. The police have always said it is complicated to identify the person because they had to do it one by one by telling them “take it off”.
I think the reactions of the people concerned show who is a chicken shit and who is not. If you have to “protest” against McDonald’s or KFC by putting a scarf on your face and throwing rocks at windows, you are a chicken shit. People who protest against government policies, or politicians as such, in front of the seat of the Czech government do not wear anything on their faces and they gladly say on TV that the PM is a crook.
From now on if any extremist demonstration features an organized group of masked individuals, the police can say the event is not authorized, and therefore illegal. As a person who signs what they think, I have to be satisfied.