A man armed with a plastic gun attacked Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Friday, firing plastic pellets at him at close range while his bodyguards just stood by.
Klaus suffered only minor bruising from the incident, the BBC reported. He was in the northern town of Chrastava to open a new bridge.
A 26-year-old male was taken into police custody, but not before he told the media he was a communist sympathizer and did it “because the government is deaf and blind to the concerns of the Czech people.”
Video footage shows the attacker, dressed in camouflage, pushing his way through the crowd to get to Klaus, who recoiled slightly and looked surprised. With no reaction from the president’s security, the attacker retreated back into the crowd.
Klaus said the incident happened to quickly for him to be afraid, and reproached his bodyguards for failing to react to the situation, according to the BBC.