In image out of the Czech Republic is going viral, showing a young girl scout seemingly confronting a neo-Nazi skinhead. The photo was snapped during a rally hosted by a far-right group in the city of Brno, according to the International Business Times.
Czech media reports that residents of the city were asked not to block the planned march by the far-right group, but to instead “prepare dance, music and theatre performances and march alongside them” in a counter-protest.
The photo, taken by Vladimír Čičmanec, shows the girl identified as “Lucie” taking part in a “discussion with a supporter of extreme right movements.” A spokesperson for The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) said, “People from all walks of life, and scouts among them, came to the streets during an extreme-right march yesterday, to express their support for values of diversity, peace and understanding. Creating a better world!”
Some are comparing the photo to another viral image from the U.K., where Saffiyah Khan is shown smiling as she faces off with a member of the anti-immigrant English Defence League (EDL).
“The photo was taken after a friend of mine made me aware of the exchange taking place,” Čičmanec told IBT. “It was heated, the neo-Nazi was clearly angry with her, but she stood her ground. I turned around, quickly paced the few meters I was away from them, started shooting and suddenly the bubbles started arriving.”
“I was thinking about the Saffiyah Khan photo when I started shooting, the situation looked similar, and the bubbles were just a sweet coincidence.”
Featured image: Vladimír Čičmanec (Facebook)