Suspect faces charges for targeting Ukrainian cars in Prague slashing spree

The man targeted 24 parked, unmanned cars and now faces several years in jail.


Written by ČTK Published on 23.05.2023 11:00:00 (updated on 23.05.2023) Reading time: 1 minute

A man who was caught using a drill to destroy the tires of dozens of Ukrainian cars in Prague last year is facing up to three years in prison. The man caused an estimated CZK 100,000 in damage during his act of vandalism, which targeted parked cars in Prague 8 and 9. 

According to police, from mid-April 2022 to the beginning of September, the man destroyed 35 tires in total, belonging to 24 cars. He targeted only cars with Ukrainian license plates. Prague police spokesperson Jan Daněk said that the perpetrator damaged the tires from the side, making them irreparable. 

Several anti-Ukrainian hate crimes

The police are also looking into other similar anti-Ukrainian attacks in Czechia. In Pilsen at the end of March this year, someone set fire to three cars with Ukrainian license plates. In Prague, after the anti-government demonstration in March, a man damaged a car with a Ukrainian license plate near the National Museum.

Two Czech disinformationists, Tomáš Čermák and Patrik Tušl, were sentenced in 2022 for the “defamation” of Ukraine and “incitement to hatred.” The men live-streamed videos in August where they verbally disparaged Ukrainians. In one of the videos, Cermák said "Ukrainians are starting to multiply here…we must start acting immediately, otherwise, we will go to hell." Tušl also encouraged a counterdemonstration against Ukrainian refugees.

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