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Czech Social Democratic Youth to move demonstration against "inadaptables" indoors

Varnsdorf, 18.8.2011 18:25, (ROMEA)

Organizers of a public "happening" against "inadaptable inhabitants" planned for tomorrow in the Czech town of Varnsdorf have changed their plans. German neo-Nazis allegedly were preparing to attend and the organizers feared for the safety of residents. The mayor has welcomed the organizers' decision. The local Social Democratic Youth cell wanted to hold the event as a protest against "a wave of inadaptable inhabitants" into the Šluknov foothills.

Lukáš Kohout, speaking to the Czech Press Agency today on behalf of the Social Democratic Youth, said, "Information came from the German Police that German neo-Nazis are preparing to attend." According to Mayor of Varnsdorf Martin Louka, the "happening" has not been completely canceled. Instead of taking place on the town square, the discussion will be moved indoors. He said the Social Democratic Youth will make an official request to hold the discussion indoors within the next 10 days.

"Concerns that the 'happening' might not turn out well are justified. Someone could exploit a meeting like that for other purposes," Czech MP Jaroslav Foldyna, who was planning to attend the event, told the Czech Press Agency. He said he would participate in the planned public discussion if invited.

The mayors of towns and villages in the Šluknov foothills met with the Regional Police director yesterday to discuss addressing the influx of socially vulnerable people into the region. The mayors agreed that their problems could at least partially be addressed by increasing the police presence in the field, but police don't have the money for more patrols.

ČTK, Gwendolyn Albert, Czech Press Agency, lh, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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