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Czech party functionary who called for murder of gays, Jews and Roma will no longer assist MP

29.11.2017 19:02
Jaroslav Staník (SPD), a close collaborator of Tomio Okamura and the secretary of the
Jaroslav Staník (SPD), a close collaborator of Tomio Okamura and the secretary of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party in the Czech Republic. (PHOTO: Website of the SPD)

News server Aktuálně.cz reports that the secretary of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" movement of Tomio Okamura (SPD), Jaroslav Staník, is ending his work as assistant to MP Jaroslav Holík (SPD). However, the reason, according to Holík, is not Staník's recent xenophobic remarks at the lower house.

The MP has announced that Staník is leaving because he is overburdened in his role as party secretary. According to eyewitnesses, Staník called for the murder of minorities several weeks ago when he was drunk in one of the restaurant clubs at the Chamber of Deputies.

"He called for all homosexuals, Roma and Jews to be shot once they are born, " former Czech MP Marek Černoch (elected for the "Dawn" party) told the news server. "He said:  'You're that Minister Marxová-Engelsová, you support homosexuals!" Labor and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksová (Czech Social Democratic Party - ČSSD) told the news server.

Former Czech MP Martin Lank (also elected for the "Dawn" party) also said he had witnessed Staník's behavior. Holík, however, alleges that Staník never pronounced any "racist slogans".

Holík is insisting that Staník's departure from the job of assistant is unrelated to his behavior in the lower house. "Mr Staník is the secretary of our movement, he is working hard from morning till evening, he won't have time for the job of assistant," he told the news server.

ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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