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Prague outraged by communist goon appointment

Thousands of Czechs took to the streets on Monday evening protesting that the parliament has appointed Zdenek Ondracek, a communist-era ex-riot squad officer, to head the Czech parliament's committee overseeing police wrongdoing. In 1989, Ondracek's police unit used water cannon, clubs, and dogs to disperse anti-regime protests. Prime minister Andrej Babis is depending on the support of 15 Communist party MPs to keep his government in power.

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