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František Bikár


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Jan Palach was the Charles University student who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 to protest the end of the Prague Spring after the August 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies. A copy of his death mask is now the centerpiece of the Jan Palach memorial on Charles University's Faculty of Arts building on Jan Palach Square in Prague.  (Collage:  Romea.cz)
Jan Palach was the Charles University student who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 to protest the end of the Prague Spring after the August 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies. A copy of his death mask is now the centerpiece of the Jan Palach memorial on Charles University's Faculty of Arts building on Jan Palach Square in Prague. (Collage: Romea.cz)

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videoInterview with Czech and European kickbox champion from the Romani community, Václav Sivák

3.11.2018 12:06 Václav Sivák, Europe's junior champion last year and now the winner in the male category of the international kickbox championship in the Czech Republic, was the guest of ROMEA TV's "10 Minutes Plus" with Richard Samko. Sivák is being spoken of by sports media outlets as one of the biggest talents in this discipline in the Czech Republic.  full story

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Slovak Foreign Minister expresses gratitude to the EU for peace and security, warns against hateful ideologies

31.10.2018 11:09 Speaking at a conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Czechoslovak diplomatic corps, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák said the European Union is the best guarantee that the way of life enjoyed by every nation in it can be maintained. He also said anybody who believes that fragmented nation-states will do a better job of facing up to the powers now rising within other civilizational circles is mistaken.  full story

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Czech lower courts consider online comment calling for asylum-seekers to be set on fire a misdemeanor, Supreme Court to rule now

31.10.2018 10:23 Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman is insisting that the woman who posted on Facebook that a bus carrying asylum-seekers be set on fire should be punished by the courts for having committed a felony. The lower courts in Plzeň have sent the case to the local authority for handling as a misdemeanor.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Roma Pride 2018 in the Czech Republic

29.10.2018 6:49 This year's Roma Pride began just after 14:30 on Hradčanské náměstí, where Romani people and their friends protested the antigypsyist remarks of Czech President Zeman. The march had originally been planned to head down the hill to Palachovo náměstí, but given the persistent rain, organizers decided to stay put near Prague Castle, which is where the Office of the President is located.  full story

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videoLIVE BROADCAST AT 14:15 TODAY - Roma Pride 2018

28.10.2018 12:03 This year's Roma Pride march will begin at 14:15 on Hradčanské náměstí, where Romani people and their friends will protest the antigypsyist remarks of Czech President Zeman. Those assembled will then march through the center of town to the Old Town Square.  full story

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Portugal: Christian radio station awarded prize for working to reduce inter-ethnic tension in Slovakia

18.10.2018 7:58 Agenzia Fides reports that on 10 October the European Conference of Christian Radio (ECCR) held its 25th meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. This year, for the very first time, an award was given there for the best initiative contributing to improving the situation in the country where the radio is broadcasting.  full story

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USA: Passer-by calls police on black man babysitting white children

17.10.2018 11:37 When Corey Lewis left a fast food restaurant in the state of Georgia and headed to his car together with the two children whom he was babysitting, he was stopped by a woman whom he did not know. She asked him whether the children were all right and wanted to speak with them.  full story

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Czech Police do not find politicians' remarks about Romani genocide site to have been criminal

16.10.2018 12:24 The remarks made earlier this year by the chair of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" movement (SPD), Czech MP Tomio Okamura, and by his party colleague Czech MP Miloslav Rozner about the WWII-era concentration camp for Romani people at Lety u Písku have not been found to be criminal. The Czech Police have shelved the case.  full story

Czech Govt Human Rights Commissioner says she will criticize politicians who are racist and resign rather than be censored

20.7.2018 14:39 Speaking in an interview for ROMEA TV, the newly-appointed Czech Government Commissioner for Human Rights, Martina Štěpánková, who answers directly to Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the head of the ANO movement, said that "Politicians create the climate in society to a significant degree. For that reason it is very important for many more politicians here to condemn racism and discrimination."  full story

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Czech Public Health Institute focuses on Romani children's health, odds are against those in social exclusion

16.7.2018 5:33 The health of Romani people is worse than that of the majority population in the Czech Republic. This fact is caused primarily, for socially excluded Romani people, by their insufficient awareness about healthful lifestyles, their lower educations, and their lower incomes.  full story

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videoCivil society members of Czech Govt Roma Council leave meeting in protest against housing benefit-free zones

19.6.2018 15:03 Romani civil society members of the Czech Govt Council for Romani Minority affairs have left the Council meeting today to protest the current Government's social policy. They are demanding the abolition of housing benefit-free zones and the withdrawal of a bill to amend the Act on Aid to Those in Material Distress even further in a restrictive direction.  full story

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