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In pictures: Czech punch-up

Czech political punch-up

The Czech Republic's Former Deputy Prime Minister breaks off addressing a meeting of dentists to deliver a hard slap to the back of Health Minister David Rath's head.

Czech political punch-up

Mr Rath takes some steps away from the stage before returning to confront Mr Macek and call him a "coward".

Czech political punch-up

Mr Macek hits Mr Rath again.

Czech political punch-up

The two men start punching each other...

Czech political punch-up

... and nearly push each other off the stage.

Czech political punch-up

Mr Macek said he slapped Mr Rath because of comments he had made about his wife. The incident, on the eve of polls, has shattered the normally placid image of Czech politics.





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