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Czech sculptor David Cerny makes his point about the government

Artist says he is horrified at the prospect of the Communists returning to power

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Czech visual artist David Cerny,top, makes final touches to his installation piece placed on a floating platform in the Vltava River on Oct. 21, 2013. The finger – a ‘scream of alarm’ against the state of politics in the Czech Republic and endemic corruption – ‘speaks for itself,’ Cerny says

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Workers anchor a boat bearing Cerny’s sculpture in front of the Prague Castle, the seat of Czech President Milos Zeman, former leftist prime minister whom Cerny accuses of becoming intoxicated with power.

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Cerny says the sculpture, which he gave an unprintable title, was also aimed at the country’s Communist Party, which could gain a share of power in the coming elections for the first time since the revolution that overthrew communism more than two decades ago.

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The sculpture is part of a Czech tradition of cultural rebellion dating to communist times, when artists, writers and musicians like the Plastic People of the Universe used subversive lyrics or gestures to revolt against authority.

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