Bouncy Czechs

April 25, 2003

Students at the Tomas Bata University in Zlin brought a touch of humour to widespread anger over the £200 million cost of an international arbitration award against the Czech Republic when they presented the man at the centre of the row with a spoof banknote. The students used a 1960s note for their protest to Vladimir Zelezny, the television station director whose business practices resulted in a case against the Czech Republic by Central European Media Enterprises. The adapted note showed Zelezny as the peasant and Czech president Vaclav Klaus as the worker with the inscription "Ten billion down the drain".

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