Czech Defence Minister's Dog

Helena

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I CANNOT think of any other country where this could realistically happen.

Czech Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová provoked numerous critical comments when she posted on Instagram a photo of her black poodle standing on the commemorative plate placed in front of the statue of Hussite military leader Jan Žižka (1360-1424) at the National Monument of the top of Prague’s Vítkov Hill. “Proud of my country. Love my dog. The wreath that I put at the Vítkov Memorial remains in place,” Ms Šlechtová wrote as a caption to the photo taken after the Victory Day on May 8 and accompanied by a smile emoticon. Many responders found the picture disrespectful. “Does it really seem appropriate to you to lay a wreath at the monument to fallen soldiers and then take a picture of your poodle there?” said one of the comments. Others pointed out that dogs are not allowed in the area at all. Minister Šlechtová eventually took the photo down and said: “The photo was not meant to cause any offence. I apologise if it hurt anyone.”
Here's the photo:

https://www.lidovky.cz/foto.aspx?r=ln_domov&c=A180514_132607_ln_domov_rsa
 
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What? That someone would take a picture of their dog on a memorial or that people are offended by it? I don't find it offensive.
 

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I think it is absolutely disrespectful. IMO, dogs (or people) have no business sitting on graves, and this is more than a grave. I'm not saying I would necessarily get offended if I saw it happen IRL, but I easily understand the offensive aspect of it being posted online for likes as if it's something commendable. So as is the case with many other things, it is made far far worse by "sharing it" in public. And that is not to factor in the fact that the offender is the MINISTER OF DEFENCE. She should be much more mindful of propriety in regards to paying due respect to fallen soldiers than an average person.
 

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I think it is absolutely disrespectful. IMO, dogs (or people) have no business sitting on graves, and this is more than a grave. I'm not saying I would necessarily get offended if I saw it happen IRL, but I easily understand the offensive aspect of it being posted online for likes as if it's something commendable. So as is the case with many other things, it is made far far worse by "sharing it" in public. And that is not to factor in the fact that the offender is the MINISTER OF DEFENCE. She should be much more mindful of propriety in regards to paying due respect to fallen soldiers than an average person.
I didn't realize it was a grave. That is different.
 
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Well, that country is going to the dogs:

The Czech Republic has long been regarded as one of the most popular destinations for British men's stag parties: At one point, it was reported that 20 per cent of all weekend crime in Prague was caused by them. Perhaps one reason so many tourists flock to the Czech Republic is because of its relaxed attitude to sex, affairs and alcohol.

Read more: Like sex? Head to Czech Republic, most 'morally accepting' country | Daily Mail Online
 

The Man

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It's normal in Eastern Europe to disrespect war memorials, I think, at this point. Especially Red Army memorials, but why not others too ;)
 
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Well, that country is going to the dogs:

The Czech Republic has long been regarded as one of the most popular destinations for British men's stag parties: At one point, it was reported that 20 per cent of all weekend crime in Prague was caused by them. Perhaps one reason so many tourists flock to the Czech Republic is because of its relaxed attitude to sex, affairs and alcohol.

Read more: Like sex? Head to Czech Republic, most 'morally accepting' country | Daily Mail Online
These days, some of the more extreme pornography is being made in the Czech Republic.......
 
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