Czech Republic: Racist graffiti on Romani candidate's election poster
News server iDNES.cz reports that racist slogans such as "Black mug" and "Don't vote for niggers" have recently turned up on election posters for the ANO movement in the Czech town of Prostějov. Ondřej Provazník, a local 18-year-old Romani candidate for the movement, is the target.
The vulgar attacks have also targeted the female manager of the movement and three female candidates. The racist vandal proceeded systematically, choosing highly-frequented places and leaving other political parties' ads alone.
The ANO movement estimates the damage connected with producing new posters at roughly CZK 10 000. Police are investigating.
"I have already filed criminal charges against an unidentified perpetrator with the police. I think the person who did this doesn't have his head in order. It is decent and normal to tolerate different opinions," Provazník said in response to the racist insults.
Provazník studied at the Evangelical Academy Conservatory in Olomouc and is now attending a business high school in Prostějov where he is training to be a cook. He has been active in local politics for several years.
Since 2007 Provazník has been a member of Prostějov's Children and Youth Council, has spent two years in the same "body" as the mayor, and currently works in that body as a vice-mayor. He primarily considers the racist abuse to be unethical.
"I don't like it and it makes me angry, but under no circumstances will it deter me. On the contrary - it gives me even more of a kick. I believe there is a need to take a clear stand against such opinions," he said.
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