All Lives Matter poster placed in Czech Chamber of Deputies by MP wearing "black lives don't matter" t-shirt

MP Lubomír Volný proposed the Chamber support statements made by Czech President Miloš Zeman last week

ČTK

Written by ČTK
Published on 08.07.2020 10:02 (updated on 08.07.2020)

Prague, July 7 (CTK) – Unaffiliated deputy Lubomír Volný installed a banner stating All Lives Matter before the lectern in the Czech Chamber of Deputies today and proposed that the lower house express agreement with President Milos Zeman’s statement that the slogan Black Lives Matter was racist.

Volný also wore a shirt stating “Black lives don’t matter as black lives,” an apparent response to Cambridge professor Priyamvada Gopal, who controversially tweeted “White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives” two weeks ago.

The chairman of the TOP 09 deputy group, Miroslav Kalousek, several times took the banner out of the room, but it was repeatedly returned there.

“I do not deny anyone’s right to opinion,” Kalousek said, adding that this should not be accompanied by any banners.

Czech Chamber of Deputies chairman Radek Vondráček (ANO) tried to calm down the situation. He said it was not banned to use such devices.

He called on the deputies to respect one another and interrupted the session for a few minutes.

The slogan of the current U.S. protests, Black Lives Matter, is “racist as all lives matter,” Zeman said at the U.S. embassy where he attended the celebrations of the U.S. Independence Day.

Zeman criticized the opinion leaders of the protests. He said he did not need any new Big Brothers to tell him what values he should advocate.

Zeman said he took part in the event as an independent citizen and as a friend of the USA. “From both of these roles, I say that the slogan Black Lives Matter is racist since all lives matter,” he added.