Scout Girl


Scout Girl

It has become something of a fetish for the easily pleased media. A moment captured on a mobile device, a frozen fraction of a second that quickly becomes viral and acquires the term “iconic”. The latest in this series is the “scout girl”, a photograph of a Czech girl scout engaging in what looks like an animated discussion with a member of a right-wing protest group in the Moravian city of Brno.

It goes without saying that the media were quick to jump on this story, providing the necessary narrative. The girl is the brave and worldly-wise young scout, while the man is an insular neo-Nazi thug. It certainly looks that way when you look at the nicely cropped photograph being bandied around, and the media are lapping it up.

 Those piškoty were hard. I broke one of my teeth!

Those piškoty were hard. I broke one of my teeth!

The photo has inevitably made the headlines, and sixteen year old Lucie Myslíková is being touted as the internet’s latest heroine, hot on the tail of Antifa activist and social justice warrior Saffiyah Khan (the woman who was photographed grinning at some shortarsed and possibly inbred English Defence League goon).

There are some strange whiffs about this “wonderful” / “inspiring” / “heart-warming” / [insert similar hyperbole here] story. Some things just do not add up. What nobody appears to have investigated so far are the motives behind it all, who these people actually are, and whether it might just have been an agenda-driven setup.

On May Day 2017, the Workers’ Party of Social Justice (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti, or DSSS) had planned a march in the centre of Brno. The DSSS are a minor right-wing party with no representation in the Czech parliament. Pretty small fry, a bit like Britain First here in the UK. The party isn’t a neo-Nazi organisation, but has associations with fringe groups.

Like Britain First, the DSSS are pretty much what it says on the tin, so there’s nothing much to report. Just a bunch of rather sad-looking individuals in tracksuits from the outer reaches of the city, out for the day to shout a few slogans, wave a few flags and generally waste police time.

As far as I am aware, the march passed off pretty quietly without any major incidents. The sort of non-event that wouldn’t even make the news.

What is interesting are the motives of Lucie Myslíková. In the now-famous neatly-cropped photograph, we can see her scout uniform, complete with green neck scarf. Her unit badges can easily be seen. It looks like a discussion, but a civilised one. Both parties are clearly in disagreement, but there is nothing untoward going on. At least, nothing untoward as to alert the heavily armed police officer who is standing very close by.

The man is not carrying any banner, is unarmed and is not covering his face. He also is not objecting to be being photographed. While it is probably fair to say that he looks suitably sinister with his shaved head, Thor Steinar hoodie and sunglasses, it just looks like nothing more than a civilised discussion between two people who may happen to disagree with each other. That is all.

The girl is not “squaring up” to the man (Guardian headline hyperbole at its best), and there is nothing “brave”, “courageous”, “inspiring” or “heroic” going on, unless you wish to use the image to support a particular narrative or agenda. The man might as well be complaining about overbaked girl scout cookies as opposed to half-baked nonsense about creating a world without borders.

We could just leave it at that, but it is worth having a closer look at some other photographs taken at the time. Here we can see that the girl is wearing a very irregular scout “uniform”. Accompanying the uniform shirt there is a very non-uniform skirt, and some very interesting socks.

I've never seen a girl scout uniform like this...

I’ve never seen a girl scout uniform like this…

Some very interesting socks.

To the casual observer, these look like a pair of black sports socks. Not quite part of a scout or guide uniform, but pretty ordinary football socks. Standard issue. Or so one would think. There are four letters running down the sock, and a small circular design. GNWP. The name of a football team, perhaps? Though clearly not Sparta Prague, Sigma Olomouc or local club Boby Brno.

It is the sort of thing you would need to look up, unless you have a nose for these things.

Rather than being some club name, GNWP actually stands for “Good Night White Power”, which is the name and slogan of an established anti-Fascist activist group in the Czech Republic. Now, no decent-minded person can possibly take the side of knuckle-dragging neo-Nazi goons, but we all know about the activities of so-called “Antifa” activist groups. The sort of individuals who get masked up, tooled up, and wreak havoc on city centres with the aim of causing as much disruption as possible.

Not exactly ambiguous...

Not exactly ambiguous…

But, but… Really? This sweet little girl scout, who looks like she would otherwise have been spending the day selling cookies or home-made Piškoty, an Antifa activist? Surely not.

While the Guardian and the BBC have promoted this young woman as an ordinary citizen standing up against the unspeakable horror that is a neo-Nazi thug, the less that savoury reality is that she is part of a movement that has a violent agenda, and at the very least a sympathiser. It did not take me long to locate the Facebook page of the GNWP, which – suprise, surprise – had posted this “iconic photograph” as their profile image.

In addition to this, there is another photograph of young Lucie with two equally badly-uniformed colleagues (poor old Lord Baden Powell is no doubt spinning in his grave) carrying political banners.

Along with these photographs, the >GNWP Facebook page has a number of other images and emblems, many of which suggest violent action – typical of the Antifa activist movements across the continent. Images of adversaries being pushed to the ground and threatened with anything from a pushbike to an electric guitar, knuckledusters, people being punched, a masked Antifa with a handgun, and radical anarchist symbolism.

Charming. Peaceful.

Charming. Peaceful.

Among the large collection of emblems are a number of circular ones featuring one man being punched to the ground by another. Now, have a closer look at those socks again.

I know scout uniform standards have changed, mainly as a result of some people wanting to make them look more like hospital care assistants as opposed to paramilitaries. But wearing anarchist symbols? Scouting is about being nice to people, not bashing them over the head with pushbikes or knuckledusters. Even if they are neo-Nazis.

The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) saw fit to post the image on its own Facebook page, clearly not bothering to dig a little deeper. Well, either that or they are knowingly sympathising with anarchist activist groups whose banners feature physical violence. Times change, and maybe they will be awarding “punch a fascist” badges.

(One has to wonder what these new-breed scouts would do if they had to help an old lady across the street, only to find out halfway that she didn’t like Muslim asylum seekers very much).

I am no fan of neo-Nazi goons. In a perfect world, I would throw them in a ring with the Antifas and let the whole rotten lot have it out. Let them go apeshit with their knuckledusters and Molotov cocktails. A fight to the death, with the winner then being given the booby prize of being left in the ring to starve to death before being left for the crows, rats and pigeons.

Let us be fair here. There was nothing violent about the DSSS protest. They dragged their knuckles through the town as intended, shouted a few slogans, and waved a few flags. They probably then had a few Pivos before heading off home to watch some brain-dead American action movie. They may not be the most pleasant people around, but they were doing no more than exercising their democratic right. (As young Lucie was by sporting her anarchist socks).

There is nothing remotely “heroic” about this image, and certainly nothing “iconic” about it. In fact, it smells of a setup. Antifa girl in scout uniform has discussion with right-wing marcher, a few snarls are caught by a conveniently positioned amateur photographer, and within hours the whole world knows about it and the mainstream media are weaving a sticky web of bullshit. (Do not try to actually visualise that).

As for the photographer, Vladimír Čičmanec, being a “passer by” who just happened to have been there just at the time right to capture this Kodak moment, I will choose to call bullshit on that too. Again, Facebook tells us everything we need to know. Look him up, and it is immediately apparent that he is not some “ordinary guy” (or whatever). He too is a socialist activist. Well, at least to the point where his profile banner is some socialist babble and most of his posts are on that same theme.

Here is a Čičmanec’s comment on Facebook, in response to the Daily Telegraph using the photograph. What a moron.

Really?

Really?

I actually cannot wait for the next “heroic” photo. Perhaps the biggest thrill is wondering where and who it is going to be next. As for Lucie Myslíková, I don’t think this is the last we will hear of her. She’ll probably pop up next at an anti-Trump rally at Berkeley.

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