romea - logo
August 20, 2018
extended search

Live online press conference 11 AM TODAY: Czech school targeted by racists hosts fundraisers from "THEY WANT TO GAS THEM, WE WANT TO SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!"

7.2.2018 9:23
The photograph that sparked a wave of online racism. The faces and names of the pupils in the first grade of the Plynárenská School in Teplice, Czech Republic have been blurred in order to protect their identities.
The photograph that sparked a wave of online racism. The faces and names of the pupils in the first grade of the Plynárenská School in Teplice, Czech Republic have been blurred in order to protect their identities.

A press conference announcing the results of the fundraising campaign by ROMEA called "THEY WANT TO GAS THEM, WE WANT TO SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!", which immediately responded to the wave of online hatred and racism last year against first-graders at a primary school in Teplice, Czech Republic, will be broadcast live online today at 11 AM. The press conference will feature a discussion of the issues involved, the delivery of the money raised, and will take place at the school itself on Plynárenská Street.

"We will present the results of the fundraising drive, describe how the money will be used, what pilot projects the school will now be able to begin in order to support their pupils with succeeding in their studies, and what the main vision of the Romani Scholarship Program is," said Zdeněk Ryšavý, director of ROMEA. The organizers of the collection decided to take advantage of their ongoing campaign in support of the Romani Scholarship Program, which supports Romani high school and college students, and half of the money they raised between mid-November and the end of December 2017 will be given to the Teplice school.

A total of CZK 225 000 [EUR 8 900] will be received by the principal, Marcela Prokůpková, today. She will then participate in a discussion with the initiator of this particular fundraising campaign, Ivan Gabal; Czech Public Defender of Rights Anna Šabatová; secretary of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, Tomáš Kraus; musician and former Human Rights Minister Michael Kocáb; with another initiator of a successful collection to support the school, the author and entrepreneur Patrick Zandl; fundraising campaign manager Monika Mihaličková; and with the manager of the ROMEA organization's Romani Scholarship Program, Jitka Votavová.

The fundraising campaign has also been supported by famous figures such as the sociologist Fedor Gál, the chair of the Czech Helsinki Committee, Táňa Fischerová, and film director Jan Hřebejk. You can follow the press conference and discussion live on the Facebook page of the ROMEA organization; for those who do not use Facebook, you can follow the event on at 

redakce, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
Views: 455x

Don't miss:

Related articles:


Děti, Kampaň, Napadení, Nenávist


--ilustrační foto--

Tomáš Ščuka: Romani people need competent representation first and foremost, not Romani representation at all costs

1.8.2018 10:04
I would like to discuss one of the big deficiencies in the Romani community, and that is the active participation of Romani people in political life. Thanks to the existence of online social networks, which make communications and the opportunity to share opinions so easy, we have recently been able to follow different calls to action, discussions, and similar inputs from the widest possible sample of Romani people across the Czech Republic who are frequently expressing their views of the necessity for higher participation by our community and sharing their perspectives.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Edita Stejskalová calls on Czech Govt to create the position of Commissioner for Romani Affairs

1.8.2018 6:48
Speaking yesterday at a demonstration in Prague, Edita Stejskalová, a civil society member of the Czech Government Council on Romani Minority Affairs, called for the Czech Government to immediately create the position of a Commissioner for Romani Affairs. "Romani people do not live in poverty and social exclusion by choice! Romani people are entitled to equal, fair treatment! Romani people do not want to live on the fringes of society! Romani people are demanding that EU institutions and their own Governments educate society to respect the rights of all citizens, and we ask the courts to thoroughly punish advocacy of political opinions based on theories of racial superiority! Romani people demand adequate protection of their lives and personalysecurity, as is guaranteed to all citizens! Romani people demand active, seriously-conceived participation from the national to the international level in decision-making processes," she called on the authorities in a speech that news server is publishing in full translation below.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for the Romani Community: Žilina is a textbook example of hate crime

27.7.2018 8:12
The recent attack on Romani people in Žilina, Slovakia, one of whom is hospitlaized with a brain hemorrhage, is a textbook example of hate crime according to the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for the Romani Community, Ábel Ravasz (a member of the Most-Híd party), and should be prosecuted as one. The chair of the Romani Union civic association in Slovakia (ÚRS), František Tanko, says Romani people abroad and in Slovakia are outraged by the racist crime and have announced a protest march in Žilina.
 full story


Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Moderátoři serveru si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na ostatním uživatelům.

More articles from category

romea - logo