Security has been heightened for a girl scout who was photographed last week, standing defiantly against a neo-Nazi supporter at a May Day rally in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, the NBC News reported.
Lucie Myslikova was part of a group of about 300 people who came out to protest the rally by the far-right Workers Party of Social Justice. She became a viral sensation when an image of her confronting a protester at the rally appeared on social media.
This picture of Girl Scout protesting a Nazi in Czech is just pure art. pic.twitter.com/nRwahwjOFG— @[email protected] (@Lamhfada) May 2, 2017
According to the Czech Interior Ministry, the 16-year-old’s security concerns were raised after threats were leveled at her on Facebook. The Czech media reported that a Facebook page calling for her public lynching was made.
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A spokesperson for the scout organisation, Lukas Neuheisl confirmed receiving messages threatening to cause physical harm to all girl scouts. "Information about [Myslikova], such as the school she attends and her Scout Troop, are public," Neuheisl said. "So I think these concerns [about her safety] are legitimate."
Speaking to NBC News on Sunday, Pavla Velickinova, a spokesperson for the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC, said the local police took notice of the threats to Myslikova immediately. "The most important thing really is that the police took [the threats] seriously from the very first moment."
Despite being worried about the threats, Myslikova valued police’s assistance in the matter.
In an earlier interview to the BBC, the young girl said she "went to the counter-demonstration as someone who was determined to change things. To me it makes sense to try and change the world around me."
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"I think young people should get involved in such things. They should be aware of what's going on," she said. "You ask me if standing up to skinheads should be left to older people - well us, younger people, are going to be living here a lot longer than the older generation."
Recalling the moments before the image was captured, Myslikova told the broadcaster she and the man [pictured gesturing to her] were having an argument over refugees and migrants. While the young girl believed the countries had a responsibility towards those fleeing from war-torn countries and "in such cases borders did not exist." The neo-Nazi supporter told her she would be raped by those she was trying to help.
"The main thing that's struck me is that some people are now calling me an 'extremist', that being anti-fascist is somehow 'extremist'," she told the BBC. "That seems to be the height of absurdity."
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