“I believe that dialogue is, like other non-violent expression, the best way to combat evil.”
Girl Scouts are taught to be courageous, confident, and resourceful, even in the face of the fiercest of opponents.
The photo below, which has been liked more than 6,800 times and shared nearly 2,000 times on Facebook, depicts a Scout coming face-to-face with a far-right protester at a May Day protest in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic.
According to BuzzFeed News, the poignant picture was taken by a photographer named Vladimír Čičmanec. The girl, who was later identified as 16-year-old Lucie “Lala” Myslíková, appears to be speaking calmly and rationally to a protester donning a Thor Steinar sweatshirt — a piece of apparel Buzzfeed News says is often worn by neo-Nazis in Europe.
Other attendees captured the unlikely duo’s interaction as well. In the brief clip below, the protester (who has not been identified) takes a step towards Myslíková and gets in her face, but she holds her sign and remains unfazed.
This interaction is almost identical to another face-off that took place in Birmingham, England last month. In that instance, when a member of a local alt-right group began attacking a Muslim counter-protester wearing a hijab, a woman named Saffiyah Khan literally stepped in between the two and calmly smiled in the protester’s face.
“Sometimes it’s more important to smile than to shout,” Khan said at the time.
Myslíková has a like-minded approach. After her photo began making the rounds on Facebook, the teenager commented on the original post and wrote, “Thank you all for your support! I believe that dialogue is, like other non-violent expression, the best way to combat evil.”
And it sounds like she was at least able to start a conversation. Myslíková later told Czech radio that she and the demonstrator discussed immigration, though we doubt any minds were changed.
Per the Czech news outlet Romea, the far-right demonstrators were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters, whose apt slogan was: “You can’t salute the Nazis if you’re having a good time.” In that vein, the counter-protesters were encouraged to sing, dance, and play music in an effort to drown out the hate that was being spewed around them. Similar tactics were used in California last year when a Muslim crowd used song and dance to combat anti-Muslim protesters, and in 2015 when the Foo Fighters epically Rickrolled members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
As for why she took part in the counter-protest? Myslíková explained in her radio interview, “It makes sense. It makes sense to be seen and heard and stand up against what we do not like.”