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article imageCzech President's pen grab becomes a YouTube hit

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Apr 15, 2011 in World
Czech President Vaclav Klaus has become a global online sensation after he was caught on tape stealing a pen during a state visit to Chile.
A video of Czech president Vaclav Klaus 'pocketing' a ceremonial pen encrusted with semi-precious Lapis Lazuli stones during a visit to Chile has gone viral. The video which was aired by Czech broadcaster Česká televize
shows the President sheepishly pocketing a pen and closing the pen box to cover his tracks during a press conference with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. The video clip has been viewed by more than 4 million people in 5 days.
The incident has sparked a controversy in his home country. Thousands of Czechs have joined a Facebook campaign to mail Klaus writing implements, Reports Prague Post.
Campaign participants are being asked to send to the presidential office pens, pencils or other writing means on May 2 because Mr. president obviously has nothing to write with.
However, President's spokesman Radim Ochvat said that it's normal to walk away with pens from a signing ceremony.
President had a right to take the pen and that on state visits, presidents and their delegations often get special pens and papers. We at the Prague Castle always give such a pen to delegations, along with a notepad.
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