Czech Anti-vaccine Protesters Wear Yellow Star of David, Prompting Outrage

The Czech federation of Jewish communities condemns the misuse of a symbol that represents the suffering and deaths of millions, as opposition leader says 'this form of protest is tasteless and deeply offensive'

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A man with a Nazi like star of David reading 'untested' takes part in a protest in Prague, January 8, 2021.
A man with a Nazi like star of David reading 'untested' takes part in a protest in Prague, January 8, 2021.Credit: Michal Cizek / AFP
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Politicians and Jewish communities expressed outrage on Monday after protesters at a demonstration against the coronavirus vaccine in Prague wore the Star of David.

A spokesman for the Czech federation of Jewish communities condemned the relativizing of the Holocaust and misuse of a symbol that represents the suffering and deaths of millions.

Several protesters at a demonstration on Friday at Wenceslas Square wore the Star of David, bearing the word "unvaccinated."

Politicians also criticized the demonstrators.

"All citizens have the right to protest – but this form of protest is tasteless and deeply offensive," Petr Fiala of the opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS) wrote on Twitter.

Jews in the Czech Republic and across Europe were forced to wear the Star of David during the Nazi occupation in World War II. Historians estimate that more than 80,000 Jews from Bohemia and Moravia were murdered in German concentration camps and death camps.

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