Hundreds of Czechs demonstrate against racism, neo-Nazism
About four hundred Czechs took part in the "Stop to Nazism - Let's put neo-Nazis into the spotlight" demonstration this evening staged by the Tolerance and Civic Society civic association monitoring the activities of neo-Nazis and far-right groups' supporters.
The demonstration was organised in reaction to recent events at Litvinov's Janov housing estate, north Bohemia.
It started on Prague's Jan Palach square with the projection of pictures from the November 17 march of far-right radicals towards Janov, mainly populated by Romanies, that later developed into sharp clashes between the extremists and the police in which 16 people were injured.
From the square the demonstrators later marched towards the Government Office and the Interior Ministry.
The event was organised on the day of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"We believe that the anniversary of the adoption of the document is a suitable opportunity to point to the growing neo-Nazi violence as well as to racism, anti-Semitism, intolerance, indifference and incoherent minority policy," the organisation said in a statement issued previously.
The statement said the Wednesday event was intended to express disagreement with the "deplorable state of relations between Czechs and the Romany ethnic minority."
According to Tolerance, current and former Czech politicians and authorities are responsible for the situation.
The association points to the growing number of socially excluded localities and says the police have underestimated the "violent potential of the neo-Nazi movement."
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