Czech prosecutor reviewing local election slogan referencing "pests" and "poison"
News server iDNES.cz reports that the Czech prosecutor has begun reviewing the scandal of the campaign conducted by the "Open Town Hall Most" (Otevřená radnice Most) movement in October 2018 on suspicion of their slogans having a possible racist subtext. Police had closed the matter as a misdemeanor and handed it over to the town hall to be addressed.
The prosecutor has now asked that the case be returned to that office for review. The movement did not ultimately win any seats on the local assembly, but became "famous" for its slogan, "Poison alone is not strong enough for these pests."
A candidate for the movement posted those materials to Facebook with the tagline "Zero tolerance for inadaptables". Representatives of the movement defended themselves at the time by alleging that the slogan referred to the over-reproduction of bugs or rats in Most and that its association with the other slogan about "inadaptables" was an unfortunate accident.
Police closed the matter after concluding that "while it is possible to understand the poster at issue as a composite aimed against Romani people, the given case is not a specific call for hatred against any group, nor is it a call for activity or for restriction of a group's rights and freedoms." The prosecutor may decide to return the matter to police for further investigation.
The lead candidate for the movement in the autumn elections, Karel Novotný, has refused to comment on this latest development in the case, claiming to have no time. Novotný previously drew attention to himself with his remark on social networks that "gypsies are like jellyfish - poisonous and useless."
At the time he was working as Deputy Industry and Trade Minister and was a member of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD). As a result of posting that remark, Novotný left the ČSSD.
It should be recalled that back in 2010, the ČSSD cell in Most used slogans on their billboards such as "Why should I regret being in the majority in my own homeland? One state, one set of rules!"
Novotný signed off on that campaign as well when he was the leading candidate for the ČSSD in those local elections. Now Romani residents of the Chanov housing estate in Most have filed official complaints about all of the antigypsyist slogans used during the 2018 local elections.
The four local Romani residents were also bothered slogans used by the "Association of Most Residents for Most" (Sdružení Mostečané Mostu), which, for example, promised to build a village "for the riff-raff" or used the slogan "Inadaptables don't need to be addressed, they need a final solution". The Czech courts have rejected the residents' complaints, in part because Czech electoral law is not designed to address such issues.
The residents are now appealing to the European Court of Human Rights. News server Romea.cz previously reported that Pavel Pöschl, a candidate for "Open Town Hall Most", has since become the representative of the organization Čonoro, which describes itself as aiding Romani people.
Pöschl told the media in February 2019 that the group is cooperating with the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion. The director of the Agency then distanced it from Čonoro and Pöschl and told the media that the former candidate's claims of collaboration with the Agency are untrue.
- Czech prosecutor seeks just four years in prison for fanatic who caused train crashes
- Czech prosecutor to review police decision not to charge politicians over remarks about Romani genocide site
- Czech appeals court reduces sentence for murder of Romani man to seven years, prosecutor calls it disproportionate, inhumane and unjust
- Czech prosecutors announce first indictment in case of online hate speech against first-graders
- Czech prosecutor indicts shooter for murder, refutes police report that he was responding to victim driving into people
- Čeněk Růžička reports crime to Czech State Prosecutor, accuses lower house vice-chair of doubting the Romani genocide
- Czech prosecutor says death threats and racist abuse committed through Facebook not necessarily crimes
- Czech state prosecutor rejects complaint from family of Romani man who died in presence of police
- Czech state prosecutor indicts four people over vandalizing "HateFree" businesses
- Czech prosecutor to review police procedure in case of Romani man who died in pizzeria
- Czech Justice Minister will not discipline state prosecutor accused of protecting racists
- Czech Police: Autopsy clears us in death of Stanislav Tomáš, attorney for his family doubts its findings, ERRC says they will continue to pursue justice despite police rhetoric
- Czech prosecutor finds livestreamed remarks made in pub about "stabbing" politician rise to the level of a misdemeanor only
- Czech court to hear appeal in case of brutal assault by non-Romani adults on Romani children in Lipník nad Bečvou
- Czech Supreme Court upholds sentence for hate posted about non-white first-graders: Not a joke, but the promotion of Nazism
- Czech Police prosecuting one of the men who assaulted Romani people in Sokolov this summer, Internal Affairs says officers' procedure was correct
- Czech MP Okamura (SPD) to lose lower house vice-chair post because of his hatemongering, according to Civic Democratic Party member
- Hungarian court rules Romani children were discriminatorily institutionalized because of their origin and social status
- Czech welfare chauvinists call for abolition of inclusion, renewal of "special schools", and denial of welfare to "inadaptables"
- Czech Interior Minister, SocDem chair: The position of Roma will improve by combating the collections mafia and traffickers in poverty
- Czech Bar Association reprimands attorney for approving of "joke" calling for the gassing of non-white first-graders, he appeals
- Czech man sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for one year, for assaulting Romani boy, but racial motivation is ignored
- Jaroslav Miko: Romani voters must cast their ballots for a democratic coalition, otherwise anti-Romani extremists may get into government