National Party (Národní strana)

According to a governmental Report on Extremism from 2010, some activists from the National Party were considering founding a new party, but in the end they took over the leadership of the Czech Movement for National Unity (ČHJN, České hnutí za národní jednotu) and changed its focus to anti-Islamism, just as  the National Party had done during the European parliament election campaign of 2009, or by the end of 2006 with their public event “Burn the Muslim hate”. The report also refers to the financial problems of the National Party. The official termination of the party is still not concluded according to the Registry of political parties and movements at the Ministry of Interior, but even the website of the party has been closed down and no new information has appeared publicly.

One of the most well-known affairs of the National Party took place in January 2006, when the party tried to install a memorial for the victims of World War Two in Lety u Písku, where there was a concentration camp specialized during the war on the internment of the Czech Roma population. The National Party tried to relativize the historical suffering of the Roma population interned in this camp especially with speeches on different days during January when party members were gathered there. They used the controversy of the historical facts about the camp, its development and conditions as well as the fact that during the communist dictatorship a pig fattening farm was built there, which is still there today. In 2010 the official memorial was rebuilt and cultivated by the state thanks also to the provocative happening caused by the National party.

Election manifesto 2006, 2010

The central points of the manifesto are conservative values, national pride and the goodness of being Czech, as well as sovereignty, national interests, national states and therefore also rejection of European supranationalism. The national state is seen as the final historical achievement and as an object of basic faith. Also statism as such is evident – citizens and minorities should be loyal to the idea of the nation state.  Still in 2006 we can also observe the requirements of protection of cultural identity by minorities but no positive discrimination should be undertaken.  Nationalism is perceived through historicism and traditionalism and its roots are in the ancient world, Christianity and among Celtic and Slavic tribes on the historical territory of the Czech Republic. The manifesto refers also to the Slavic sense of belonging,  which was common among Czech patriots in the nineteenth century. In terms of ideology, the party is vehemently anti-communist as well as being anti-liberal. It confronts consumer society and transnational capital. Also post-modern values are ignored: the family is seen as a central point, with the role of the father, individual freedom and motivation seen as essential. National Oarty ideology is opposed to all forms of liberating homosexual relationships.