Prague, Czech Republic – Don’t mess with our national monuments – or else.
That’s the message Czech authorities, although handing a suspended sentence, sent after delivering a five-year ban to two foreigners who were arrested while spray-painting a large graffiti on one of the pillars of the iconic Charles Bridge.
On top of the ban on entering the Czech Republic, the two mischief-makers, both German nationals aged 23 and 30 years old, have been fined 100,000 Kc each (around 4,000 euros) and ordered to cover up the cost of cleaning and restoration.
They were ordered to leave the country by Friday night.
The two foreigners were arrested on Monday evening while spray-painting a five-meter long and two-meter high graffiti on the Charles Bridge. They were caught in the act after a bystander called the police.
Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib called this an act of “cultural barbarism”, while Germany’s ambassador in Prague apologized for the behavior of the two German nationals.