Romani family evicted by Čunek in 2006 loses home again
The Tulej family, who were evicted by the town hall of Vsetín in Moravia several years ago and forcibly relocated to the town of Čechy pod Kosířem (Prostějov district), have lost their home once again. The Olomouc edition of Czech daily Mladá fronta DNES reports that their house has been repossessed due to the family's inability to pay what it owes. They will have to move out after the New Year.
"Well, it's because of some debts. We were foreclosed. We will move on 2 January, we've already found an apartment. We will not return to Vsetín, we're going to Brodek u Prostějova," said Jolana Tulejová.
The Tulej family was one of many who were forcibly relocated into the Olomouc Region by the Vsetín town hall in October 2006. The town hall purchased a property in Čechy pod Kosířem for CZK 450 000 and forced the Tulej family to assume ownership of it and pay back the unwanted "loan" of the purchase price advanced to them by Vsetín.
The house was falling apart from the very start - the ceilings had to be buttressed with new beams and there was no electricity. The family was assisted by former Czech Human Rights and Minorities Minister Džamila Stehlíková, the mayor of Čechy pod Kosířem, the Office of the Public Defender of Rights (the ombudsman), and various humanitarian organizations. The Vsetín town hall eventually financed repairs to the small house.
"They simply never wanted to live here. It was someone else's idea to move them here. They never fit in, they have all of their relatives and their roots in Vsetín district," said the Mayor of Čechy pod Kosířem, Milan Kiebel. The family is said to have not paid their electric bills. The house was foreclosed and put up for auction, where it was purchased by a new owner, who has agreed the family can stay there until the end of the year, after which time they will move out.
"I tried to find them something, but it's hopeless. The municipality doesn't have anything suitable for an 11-member family, nor do any of the surrounding villages," Mayor Kiebel said.
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