noborder | 14.09.2000 11:32 | Prague/IMF/WB
Today, a bus carrying Dutch activists, intent on cooking food for the protesters, was denied entry into the Czech Republic. The bus, carrying approx. 10 Dutch culinary artists was denied entry after passports were stamped with an entry date of Sept 30. The passengers then called the legal defense team in Prague, who promptly alerted the media and Czech officials, including the Chief of police for Prague. The police chief then called the border officials, who denied the incident ever happened.
The media has said that the story will be the main news on Thursday, and the Czech Parliment has responded by telling us it will be the first question asked in the morning session.
This comes as rumors circulate that the border crossings into the Czech republic will be tightened to prevent 'dangerous elements' from entering. The Czech govt. has repeated in the last days that it will not deny access to protesters trying to enter the country.
Activists are concearned that busses from throughout Europe carrying protesters may face unlawfull denial of entry as the World Bank/IMF meeting nears.