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Leader of Czech neo-Nazi party threatens editor of the Romano hangos newspaper

Prague, 11.8.2012 17:53, (ROMEA)
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Pavel Pečínka, the editor-in-chief of the Romani newspaper Romano hangos has become the target of indiscriminate, vulgar curses and threats made by the leader of the Workers Social Justice Party ( Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS), Tomáš Vandas. The threats were prompted by several questions Pečínka sent Vandas by e-mail when seeking information and his opinions on various topics in his role as a candidate for the office of the Czech president. The questions concerned his links to the neo-Nazi scene and whether he is gay.

Pečínka told news server Romea.cz that he recognizes the latter question could be perceived as "crossing the line", but said that given Vandas's vocal, often vulgar invective against "homosexuals" and the questions surrounding his sexual orientation among radical right adherents he decided to ask it. "Tomáš Vandas did not write a reply to my questions, but called me several minutes after I had sent him my survey questions by e-mail. It was evident that he was quite outraged that I had dared to ask him such a question," Pečínka told news server Romea.cz, adding that Vandas had threatened him and vulgarly cursed him. ” 'You have the nerve to ask me whether I am homosexual? I guarantee you the two of us will meet in person some day, you beast. You'll be whimpering differently then, you can count on it. We'll settle this differently, you brute,' " Pečínka quoted the DSSS leader as saying.

The number from which Vandas called has been made available to news server Romea.cz. We have determined that it was the number to Vandas's mother's apartment.

Vandas did not deny to news server Romea.cz that he had telephoned Pečínka but refused to comment on his vulgar phone call. "I will not respond to any survey that doesn't make sense and that psychopath Pečínka can stick it. A normal person can't even utter such questions," Vandas said indignantly.

Gwendolyn Albert, Jitka Votavová, voj, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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