Prague, Czech Republic – On Monday evening, Czech police arrested two foreigners caught in the act of spray-painting a graffiti on the Charles bridge, one of the most iconic and visited landmarks in the Czech capital city.
Aged 23 and 30, the two foreign citizens could face up to three years in prison for vandalism, according to municipal police spokespersons Jan Rybansky and municipal Irena Seifertova, who informed the press about the incident.
The extent of the damages caused by the graffiti, which measures over two meters high and five meters long and is located on the Mala Strana side of the bridge, between Kampa and the U Lužického semináře street, hasn’t yet been evaluated.
The two vandals were reportedly arrested in the act after bystanders called the police, who then proceeded to discreetly make their way to the scene without being seen by the mischief-makers, arrested on Monday evening around 9.30 pm.
Zdeněk Hřib, the mayor of Prague, condemned the act, saying that “spraying Charles bridge is a complete cultural barbarism”. The mayor also reminded that there were several places in Prague where it was perfectly legal to create graffiti.
The Charles Bridge is currently undergoing an extensive reconstruction that could last for up to 20 years.