Vandals Spraypaint Charles Bridge

Vandals Spraypaint Charles Bridge

Update: Prague police have released photos and video of the suspected vandals, identified as two French-speaking tourists. See bottom of article for more.

A graffiti “artist” took his craft to Prague’s Charles Bridge yesterday, leaving the city’s landmark with not just a tag but a mostly-illegible diatribe that stretches for about 15 meters down the Bridge’s side wall towards the Old Town end.

“We are searching for the offender,” police spokesperson Iveta Martínková told iDnes this morning. “The preliminary damage amount has not yet been determined but we have begun criminal proceedings for the suspected crime of property damage.”

Because Charles Bridge is a national monument, the offender faces a higher penalty that could result in a maximum sentence of three years in prison. published photos of the graffiti earlier this morning

The vandal appears to be a tourist or English-speaking foreigner.

Most of the graffiti is illegible, but part of it seems to read “swop #BeBop 21\-16 Charles Bridge”. The primary tag appears to be a name, either “Batista” or “Datista”.

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The vandalism occured yesterday at around three in the morning.

If you have any information regarding the identity of the vandal, please contact Prague police. 

Update (26.02.16): Prague police have released photos and video of the two vandals, who are being identified as French-speaking tourists.

Hotel staff in particular are being asked to keep an eye out for the individuals seen in the photograph below and report any sighting to local authorities. 

More information can be found here


Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.

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