Czech Police have yet to take statements of 10 foreign students assaulted two weeks ago in Ostrava
University students from various countries who are living in Ostrava, Czech Republic and studying there through the Erasmus program were assaulted at university facilities two weeks ago by persons unknown to them. Ten students ended up in hospital after being injured.
Czech Television reports that even though the attack happened 14 days ago, police have not yet asked a single victim for their statements. "I was talking with one [of the assailants]. Another one pushed me and struck me in the face with a glass bowl," one of the students described the attack at a university club to Czech Television.
According to the students, the police who arrived on the scene did nothing to prevent the assaults from continuing. "We did our best to tell them about it. They didn't do anything, though," one attacked student said.
The students preferred to leave the club, but the attack continued outside as well and eventually also at their dormitory. Police officers then again arrived on the scene there in greater numbers.
"Two Czechs were arrested. The police officers have begun the steps for a criminal prosecution on suspicion of committing the offense of rioting," police spokesperson Zlatuše Viačková told Czech Television.
Police have yet to confirm whether the motivation for the assault was xenophobic hatred. According to Czech Television, none of the students attacked has been questioned by police yet even though they are two weeks into the investigation.
- Czech Police charge man who wore banned neo-Nazi symbols to ultra-right rally
- Czech Police charge five more suspects in poolside brawl that sparked radical demonstration
- Czech town sees low turnout for 10th anniversary of anti-Romani pogrom, Romani people light candles for the police officers injured that day
- Czech Police: Anti-Romani signs at Romani genocide memorial in Lety were approval of genocide, perpetrators face three years in prison
- Czech prosecutor to review police decision not to charge politicians over remarks about Romani genocide site
- Czech Police hiring 1 000 police officers for basic services, cybercrime and extremism
- Czech police officer claims to have filmed journalists "staging" migrants drowning, his superiors see nothing wrong with that
- Czech Police receive complaints about elections, not yet clear whether vote-buying happened
- Czech Inspector-General prosecuting two police officers for torturing Romani man into a false confession
- Czech Police charge right-wing extremists who assaulted citizens of India
- Czech Police refute rumors that defecation in public pool was done by Roma - defamatory article sparked a racist wave online
- Czech Interior Minister says MP is lying about foreign nationals voting
- Czech inspectors issue discrimination fines: Foreigners charged more, Roma refused service
- Czech Republic: New handbook advises foreign nationals on how to respond to hate
- Czech Police arrest suspected shooter, investigate whether foreigners were his target
- Poll finds most Czechs disagree with all foreigners having the right to seek citizenship
- European Roma Rights Centre gives legal aid to victims alleging Slovak police brutality
- Czech off-duty police officer assaults Romani children for smoking
- Slovakia: Video of police intervention against Roma at gas station goes viral, sparks protests
- Czech senior citizen threatens arson against Romani neighbors for playing loud music
- Czech court to try Islamophobes who attacked Muslim couple in a park last year
- Czech Police investigating hateful online comments inciting violence against Czech Radio reporter that were sparked by politician
- Czech prosecutor appeals after court acquits online hater of saying dark-skinned first-graders should be gassed to death
- Czech town sees street fight, mayor writes about the "gypsy nuisance" - then ignores other violence involving non-Romani people
- Ukraine: Aggressive armed man from the extremist Azov Battalion disrupts human rights discussion in Kyiv
- Czech Police charge adults who assaulted Romani children with three felonies including racial defamation
- † 13. 5. 1995: Tibor Berki
- Czech Republic: Romani family harassed by xenophobic neighbors with vulgar abuse and threats