On August 21, the anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 by the Warsaw Pact, a group of counter-jihadis pulled a stunt in downtown Prague, acting out a fake Muslim "invasion," complete with jeeps, people with obviously fake beards and even a live camel. Some media grossly distorted the facts, claiming it caused panic and injuries. You be the judge.
In the video above, the narrator uses the term "Sunshiners," a popular term across Europe for the multicultural, "no border" types with a rosy view of Islam and a goal of unfettered immigration. Groups such as ANTIFA and other far left wing activists would be good examples.
One person who objected to the stunt chants "XENOPHOBE" at the end of the next video. This means they knew it was a stunt and not a real Islamic State invasion. So no cause for panic.
In this video some tourists, yelling in English, hurl insults at the people who support the demonstration:
The Express.UK reports:
An anti-immigration movement's members staged a fake ISIS attack in the middle of Prague over the weekend.
Panic erupted in the middle of the European capital as the group entered the city's centre equipped with an ISIS flag, camouflage clothing and guns – all while shouting "Allahu Akbar".
Police admitted they had approved the planned demonstration in the Czech capital.
They said tourists thought it was a real terrorist attack and fled fearing for their lives.
Several foreign tourists were injured in the melee when they mistook the blank gunshots for genuine bullets and panicked.
As you can see from the videos, the tourists clearly knew it was a stunt, did not panic, and there were no injuries.
The translator of the videos, whose family escaped the Czech Republic when it was behind the Iron Curtain, told me that memorializing the Soviet invasion is a strong tradition.
She related the following anecdote about the first anniversary of the take over:
On the first anniversary of the '68 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact, the police and all the Communists were out in force, making sure that nobody is marking the anniversary in any way.Any groups of people getting together, parties, people wearing the 'trikolora' - a red-white-and-blue ribbon symbolizing the flag, and thus Czech patriotism, became suspected of taking part in anti-state activity. Treason and related activities - a hanging offense back then.However just like the Czechs found a unique way to try to thwart the invasion 12 short months earlier, by changing around street signs and directions (before the era of the GPS!) and offering the Russian soldiers a lot of strong, home-made Slivovice (rendering them drunk and unable to effectively drive around in their tanks) and other similar tactics, many Czechs had found a unique way to mark the dark anniversary without running too afoul of the regime.My grandmother, for example, had become widowed a few years earlier. So, on the 21. of August, 1969, she set out for a walk through her home town dressed in full mourning: all in black, from the little black hat with a tiny black veil down to black stockings and shoes.Of course, the police had picked her up and brought her in for an interrogation.There, she explained to them, in her most wide-eyed and innocent expression, that she is a WIDOW! Of course she wears all black. They don't want her to disrespect her dead husband, do they?Yes, they let her go. And this was one of my favourite stories that she would recount to me through my childhood.
So it is even clearer that in Prague every August 21, people memorialize the horrific years of Soviet oppression. In this case, some decided to warn about the next one, with the hope of avoiding it.