Police are on increased alert after the Manchester bomb attack

Petřín Tower to light up in solidarity

Czech Police will be on heightened security following an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. A suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59, and the event is considered a terrorist attack. Police in the UK have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the incident.

In a show of solidarity, the City of Prague will light the Petřín Lookout Tower in the colors of the United Kingdom. The gesture is meant to show that people will not be intimidated by fanaticism. City Councilor Jan Wolf, who spoke regarding the tower lighting, said that the bomb attack was cowardly and despicable. He also expressed condolences for the victims.

“Europe in these times must clearly demonstrate the power to maintain moral unity and show that we won't live in constant fear of terrorism. Thus, members of the Prague City Council have decided to light the Petřín Tower as a symbolic gesture in this situation,” Wolf said. Other Prague and Czech politicians also expressed solidarity and condolences.

Prague Police will once again be patrolling the main tourist areas and other strategic sites with assault rifles and shotguns, as they did following other similar incidents.

Jan Daněk of the Prague police headquarters said that there were no unusual signs of immediate danger. “At the moment we have no indication that would suggest any specific threat,” he said.

No planned events are being canceled, but visitors might experience more security at cultural events and should plan for longer lines to get in to some venues. There will be more emphasis on safety, especially with events that involve pyrotechnics.

Event organizers will have standard contact with the police, who will playing a more active role in event security. A helpline has been established for event organizers to directly get in touch with police concerning safety issues for planned events.

On the Czech Police website, a statement by spokesman Jozef Bocán said that the police were on a first stage of alert for terrorism, out of a zero to four ranking system introduced at the start of last year, with four being the most severe. “Czech Police have been in communication with their partners abroad. Currently, we do not have information that the Czech Republic is in danger,” he said.

“In the event of a change in the security situation, we are ready to respond,” he said.

The police will be paying attention to 600 soft targets across the country that have previously been identified.

The full police statement, including the hotline number for event organizers, can be seen here: www.policie.cz

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