Way Down South: In Wenceslas Square

It was all rather embarrassing. Just as Radio Prague was gleefully reporting the battle in Birmingham, race riots exploded in the heart of the Communist capital.

It began at midday near the Ambassador Hotel just off ancient Wenceslas Square. Two foreign students—one from Africa and another from the Middle East —were out for a stroll when they were attacked by a gang of 300 Czechs who pummeled them with fists and bunches of keys while police stood idly by. That evening another group of young Czechs began swinging at an African walking with his Czech wife, then picked a...

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