Protesters have defaced a number of flags in the Czech capital of Prague which were hoisted ahead of a two-day visit by President Xi Jinping.
“Several dozen Chinese flags were splattered with a black substance overnight,” police spokesman Jan Danek told AFP, saying one or two unknown vandals were involved.
“An inquiry has been opened, and police are going to examine video surveillance cameras from the streets,” he said.
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The visit marks the first time a Chinese head of state has visited the Czech Republic. Xi Jinping is expected to arrive on Monday having been invited by Czech President Milos Zeman. He will then depart for the US to attend a nuclear security summit.
Protesters are preparing to stage several demonstrations during Xi’s visit. There are also plans to hang up a giant photo of the Dalai Lama near the airport alongside one of former president Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), a former dissident and human rights activist.
Last November, Xi was also greeted by protesters during a visit to Vietnam. Although being well received by the Vietnamese political elite, citizens were angry over Beijing’s aggressive posture in the South China Sea.
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