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Czech artist David Cerny has made his feelings on the looming prospect of the Communists gaining political influence with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture

Czech artist David Cerny has made his feelings on the looming prospect of the Communists gaining political influence with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture

You’ve got to love it when people make massive political statements…like this:

A Czech artist known for his anti-communist stance has floated a huge statue of a hand making an obscene gesture on Prague’s main river.

David Cerny’s none-too-subtle artwork was paraded days before parliamentary elections that could give the Communists a taste of power almost a quarter-century after they were ousted.

The artist’s giant purple hand, extending an oversized middle finger, was placed on a pontoon on the Vltava river, near the famed Charles Bridge and facing Prague Castle, the seat of the presidency. 

President Milos Zeman supports a plan by the leftist Social Democrats to form a minority government after the vote with tacit support from the maverick Communist Party.

It would be for the first time since the 1989 anti-Communist Velvet Revolution that the party would get power, at least indirectly.

In the eyes of many people in the country of 10 million people, the Communists are linked to 41 years of repression.

But after decades on the sidelines, the party has escaped the taint of sleaze that has tarnished subsequent governments.

It is unclear how long the finger will stay there.

Cerny has been tight-lipped about the piece but told reporters the gesture spoke for itself. What mattered, he said, was which way it was pointing, reports the BBC.

President Zeman is currently on an official visit to Ukraine and said he could not comment as he had seen it.


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