PRAGUE — President
is known for frankly voicing his opinions, and finding popular support.
But the latest furor — over Prague’s first gay-pride festival — has
left him more isolated than usual, roundly opposed by many in the Czech
establishment and publicly at odds with the American ambassador.
The tussle over Prague Pride — which drew 5,000 people this past weekend
— pitted Mr. Klaus, 70, against virtually the entire Czech political
spectrum. Even the unreformed Communists — who won 11 percent of the
vote in the last election — have taken a more progressive stance than
Mr. Klaus, who spoke out in favor of the traditional family and loudly
voiced his opposition to what he called “homosexualism.”
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