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TODAY!!! Romani people to demonstrate against racism on 17 March in Prague's Klárov Park

10.3.2018 8:08
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Romani people and others opposed to the dissemination of hatred in the Czech Republic will be protesting racism, violence, and the doubting of the Holocaust and its Romani victims on Saturday, 17 March 2018 in Prague at Klárov Park, the grassy area across from the Malostranská metro station. In addition to speeches, the names of the victims of racist violence in the Czech Republic will be read aloud, the international Romani anthem will be sung, and the Romani band Bengas will perform.

The protest was originally meant to happen in front of the Office of the Government, but organizers moved it to Klárov for capacity and safety reasons. "The times and all the rest remain the same. The assembly is being moved 120 meters away from the building of the Office of the Government  to Klárov.Park, which is visible from the  Malostranská metro station," Emil Voráč, director of the convening organization Khamoro,told news server

"If we do not protest against this racism and the doubting of the Romani Holocaust, such remarks will become a regular part of daily life and many more adherents of neo- Nazism and Fascist ideology will continue to proliferate here,"  Voráč said. "If you are dissatisfied with this growing racism, come support this event. If you are outraged by the Holocaust at Lety and its Romani victims being doubted by the highest constitutional officers in this country, come support this demonstration."

"Many Romani people are not aware what kind of situation has arisen here and who is basically leading the Czech Republic. Some Romani people have apparently been asleep, and most Romani people just cry and complain. This demonstration will protest the racism and violence committed against Romani people and the remarks made by Tomio Okamura, who should not be holding the function of vice-chair of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic," said Ladislav Baláž, chair of the Europe Roma organization, who also thanked representatives of the Christian Democrats (KDU- ČSL), TOP 09, STAN, the Pirates and the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) for doing their best to dismiss Okamura recently.

The assembly is being convened just a few days before the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is marked annually on 21 March. In addition to the Europe Roma and Khamoro organizations, the demonstration is supported by the Association of Romani Representatives of Liberec Region and Other Regions, by Romodrom, the Romani Democratic Party, the Union of Vlax Roma and Konexe.

ASSEMBLY AGAINST RACISM 17 March 2018 - 13:00 - 15:00  - Klárov Park, the grassy area across from the Malostranská metro station.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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