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Drahomír Radek Horváth

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Drahomír Radek Horváth: The crazy case of Trmice

Trmice, 6.7.2012 18:31, (ROMEA) A very unusual event has taken place in Trmice (Ústí region): A mother's child has been stolen right from a pram. I have many acquaintances and friends in Trmice - work colleagues, a municipal councilor, the head of a nonprofit organization. When I first learned what had happened in the small village, I felt an unpleasant anxiety in my heart, and it was clear to me that my friends in Trmice must be horrified. Most of them have young children, as do I. I immediately went there to talk with local residents, visit my friends, and listen to the eyewitnesses of the incident.  full story

Romani activist: Czech media contributing to a new Hilsner Affair

Prague, 1.7.2012 19:01, (Romano voďi) It's evident that blood sells newspapers - this is why the main television news, even on non-commercial stations, only reports about Romani citizens of the Czech Republic in the context of negative cases and scandals. Understandably, this influences public opinion and it is therefore no surprise that 80 % of the majority-society part of the population does not want a Romani neighbor.  full story

Petition against racial violence in the Czech Republic

Prague, 23.8.2011 20:16, (ROMEA) We, citizens of the Czech Republic, citizens of the Romani minority living on the territory of the Czech Republic, resolutely reject, as individuals, any and all displays of racial and any other form of violence committed by any group or part of the population. Whether this concerns the recent so-called machete attack or the attack in Rumburk from last weekend committed by a group of Romani people against members of the majority population, we resolutely distance ourselves from such crimes and simultaneously ask the Police of the Czech Republic to conduct a very thorough investigation of both cases. We are also calling on the Interior Minister to supervise the course of those investigations and to convene a press conference once the police investigation in Rumburk is completed where the conclusions of that particular investigation will be clearly communicated to the public.  full story

Commentary: Distance yourself from the machete attacks

Děčín, 12.8.2011 23:53, (ROMEA) Bloodshed has been committed in Nový Bor. While following the discussion of this incident, I am aghast at what people have been saying and cannot believe my eyes. First and foremost I am startled by the efforts of some Romani activists and other representatives of the Romani community to minimize the entire incident. Some go so far as to label those who committed the machete attacks as victims, as individuals who were in the right. The guilty parties responsible are said to be the waitress and the guests in the restaurant concerned, who are said to have looked like members of the extreme right (or is it left?).  full story

Šluknov, Czech Republic: Rain gutters stripped from homes near the Roma "ghetto"

Šluknov, 20.6.2011 19:04, (ROMEA) We headed for this small town in the northernmost corner of the republic, set in a picturesque landscape, to find out more details about a tense situation that has developed between the Romani community and the majority population there. Both the regional newspapers and statewide periodicals are buzzing with articles using strong terms such as "militia" (domobrana), "ghetto", or "lynching" (lynčování).  full story

Roma residents of Brno, Czech Republic thank those who stood up to neo-Nazis on 1 May

Brno, 6.5.2011 18:06, (ROMEA) Eliška Bikárová, Marie Richtrová, Eva Malíková and Božena Horváthová all live in the Roma locality through which neo-Nazis wanted to march on 1 May 2011. They have written an open letter of thanks to the public for protesting the march. publishes the letter in full below.  full story

Commentary by Roma activist Drahomír Radek Horváth on the Nový Bydžov demonstrations

Nový Bydžov, 14.3.2011 3:34, (ROMEA) Here is my take on the anabasis in Nový Bydžov. The Autonomous Nationalists and National Resistance, once again, as always, have infiltrated and inseminated the DSSS, and the permitted gathering of a legitimate political subject has therefore become a PR campaign for the domestic neo-Nazi scene. Ordinary people, in a paroxysm of mob insanity, are applauding the slogans "Nothing but the nation", "Gypsy terror", "Bohemia for the Czechs", etc.  full story

Commentary: A visit to the mayor of Nový Bydžov

Nový Bydžov, 27.1.2011 15:30, (ROMEA) When I first heard the statements being made by the mayor of Nový Bydžov about the Roma people in his town, I immediately took up the cause and decided to "scalp" the public servant on my blog. While I was writing, however, I not only cooled off but eventually succumbed to self-censorship. The various perspectives on the situation that poured through my mind immediately began to contradict what I had just written down, and I erased the article.  full story

Commentary: Objective media in the Czech Republic?

Děčín, 12.8.2010 23:50, (ROMEA) Can anyone tell me why criminals’ ethnicities are reported in the Czech media? Ethnicity is listed, as a rule, only in cases when a crime is committed by Roma. I have never read in the Czech media that a “Bohemian” has committed theft, a “Moravian” murder, a “Jew” robbery (forgive me Ahab, Moses, and the rest) or that a “Silesian” has looted. Members of these ethnicities, including those of us who are Roma, are all citizens of the Czech Republic, with valid identification cards and passports.  full story

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