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Czech President Refuses Scan-Prevented From Entry  
User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

President Klaus of the Czech Republic in Australia was due to make a speech at the National Press Club and was on his way for an interview with ABC1's 7.30 - which has its Canberra studio within Parliament House in Canberra. It is a requirement of entry that people go through a security scan with no exceptions. Even our own pollies, who are normally up themselves, comply with this requirement.

But not Mr Klaus. He refused to submit to the scan and was told that he couldn't enter unless he did.

The media tried to intercede, explaining who he was: "The guard's reply was blunt and to the point: 'I don't care who he is, everyone goes through'."

So off Mr Klaus went saying, "I will not go through. I'm leaving. I'm going back to my hotel. If you want to interview me you can do it there".

Now, given that this was a State visit, there are those who might suggest the President was being churlish: what is good enough for the peasants isn't good enough for the President. Or did he have some souvenirs in his pockets, as the ABC report jokingly asks?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-2...sident-bounced-by-security/2811236

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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9676 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

Ball point pens can indeed be dangerous in more than one way.  

Now, OK, heads of state do not have to show their passports on entry and do not stand in line. Mrs. Merkel, I think, would not have refused the scan. But that is everybody's own decision.



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User currently offlineoldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Would he have asked that an American President, he would have been immediately surrounded by 15 men from the Secret Service pointing their guns on him.

"What, the fucking hell, do you want?"

  


P.S.
I know, Klaus is one arrogant person and in other ways as well an idiot.

[Edited 2011-07-26 01:41:39]


Wer nichts weiss muss alles glauben
User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

Quick correction:

Quoting Quokka (Thread starter):
given that this was a State visit,

should read "given that this was not a State visit." Had it been an official visit as Head of State the situation simply would not have arisen as different protocols would have been in place. He would have been escorted by the Australian Prime Minister and possibly the Foreign Minister, not just somebody from the ABC.

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 1):
Ball point pens can indeed be dangerous in more than one way.

Yes and not just from video going viral, as Ian Fleming showed us in the Bond movies. At one time Bulgarians carrying umbrellas were highly suspect, too. 
Quoting oldeuropean (Reply 2):
Would he have asked that an American President,

The Secret Service may well have objected, but I wonder whether a US President would have gone along with it just to show that they are not above the law and that it is no big deal? It would make a good photo opportunity .


User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
The Secret Service may well have objected, but I wonder whether a US President would have gone along with it just to show that they are not above the law and that it is no big deal? It would make a good photo opportunity .

Unless it was a TSA style pat down. The photo op might not turn out to be so good.

"The US president complains about being groped by security" I can see the headlines now...


User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
should read "given that this was not a State visit."

You had me worried there. I had the impression that it is in some ways a counter state visit, if those exist. Bet there was a fair bit of global warming in his vicinity while that was going on. So the day was not wasted, Klaus takes the exit and Smith casts the Runes over the F-35. Next the subs?


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1346 times:

Quoting Quokka (Thread starter):
President Klaus of the Czech Republic

He's not still the President is he? After all those years of Communism you'd think the Czech's would like a bit of a change now and then.

Such political arrogance leads to such people thinking they are god-like and above the law. I'm with the Ozzies on this. No scan. No entry. That goes for all other politicians too, whoever they are.


User currently offlineoldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Quoting Babybus (Reply 6):
He's not still the President is he?

Indeed he is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A1clav_Klaus



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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1970 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

Quoting oldeuropean (Reply 2):
Klaus is one arrogant person and in other ways as well an idiot.

            

What a tool...I can't believe he has people who lick his ar$e still...



It's people like you what cause unrest!
User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

I fail to see a controversy here.

Klaus didn't want to go through security, so he left. Well within his rights.



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