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Martin Šimáček, former director of the Agency for Social Inclusion at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.
Martin Šimáček, former director of the Agency for Social Inclusion at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Czech Agency for Social Inclusion accuses paper of anti-Romani campaign

Prague, 19.10.2012 23:36, (ROMEA) "Almost 60 % of Romani people who are of productive age between 15 and 64 are not employed and not trying to find work." This sentence from an article by reporter Jindřich Ginter of the Czech newspaper Právo supposedly references information provided to him on this issue by the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion, but Agency director Martin Šimáček says the information has been reported in a misleading way.  full story

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Prague, 16.10.2012 7:26, (ROMEA) Dear, esteemed readers,  full story

Czech Republic and "gypsies" - 1938 vs. 2012

Prague, 16.10.2012 7:04, (ROMEA) 1 December 1938 - District Governor in Poděbrady, speaking to the governing body of the provincial authority in Prague: "Every day I am continually challenged, at work, in society and by various individuals, with getting the Government to correct this evil, and the most reliable way to do this is unequivocally the establishment of concentration camps for gypsies and vagrants. The incoming new Government would immediately gain the general sympathy and thanks of all classes of society were it to introduce such measures."  full story

Czech Republic: Equal Opportunities Party to protest local-level anti-Romani moves

Sokolov district, 15.10.2012 7:47, (ROMEA) Several hundred Romani people and others are expected to attend demonstrations convened by the Equal Opportunities Party (Strana rovných příležitostí - SRP) on Friday, 19 October in the towns of Oloví and Rotava in Sokolov district. Organizers of the rallies "For Peaceful Coexistence" say their aim is to address the tense situation in those towns, where many socially deprived citizens live.  full story

Czech mayor: Romani people face lynching unless rape suspect taken into custody

Rumburk, 14.10.2012 16:49, (ROMEA) News server reports that Mayor Jaroslav Trégr has said that residents of Rumburk could attempt to lynch Romani people in the Šluknov district and cause other racial unrest there if a court in Děčín doesn't remand violent recidivist offender Martin K. (age 49) into custody. Trégr has called upon the court to reconsider its decision to prosecute Martin K. at large and has also called on the Czech Government and Czech Justice Ministry to intervene.  full story

Czech municipality gets tough on Ostrava ghetto residents again

Ostrava, 10.10.2012 17:21, (ROMEA) This morning technical service workers began using tape to obstruct the entrances to buildings in the ghetto on Přednádraží street, warning people not to enter them and posting signs banning entry. The reason is said to be the fact that the landlord has not secured the buildings against entry, according to Jana Pondělíčková, spokesperson for the municipal department of Moravská Ostrava and Přívoz. Almost 50 people, including children, are still living in the locality, most of them Romani. According to the Building Works Authority, the buildings are allegedly not fit for habitation and are in danger of collapse.  full story

Czech Republic: Proud Romani students in IT, medicine, and natural sciences

Prague, 10.10.2012 11:36, (Romano vod'i) The five Romani college students interviewed for this article are on their way to promising careers and dreaming of work that will amuse them and earn them a living in medicine, pharmacy, software, teaching and Romani studies. They are no longer interested in continually explaining to people why they managed to make it to college when other Romani people reportedly don't even send their children to school, live on the state's generosity, and steal metal for resale. They are tired of endlessly convincing others that not all Romani people are like those the public knows about from televised images. They just want to study in the field of their choice. They are living the college student life with all that entails, just like the other 400 000 young students in the Czech Republic - and they have no problem saying they are Romani.  full story

Prosecutor: Czechs started last year's brawl with Romani people in Rumburk

Děčín, 9.10.2012 21:42, (ROMEA)

The trial which was supposed to open the case of a brawl that took place more than one year ago - the incident that ended up unleashing ethnic unrest in the Šluknov foothills - basically heard no testimony today and has been postponed until May of next year. The judge did hand down a seven-month sentence for rioting, suspended for 20 months, against defendant Michal Ferenc. She did not consider racial motivation to have been proven in his case.  full story

Roma Pride 2012 marches through the center of Prague

Prague, 8.10.2012 0:02, (ROMEA) Almost 200 people, most of them Romani, set off shortly after 15:30 PM today on Prague's first-ever Roma Pride march. Similar marches took place today in 14 other European cities. The event was convened in the Czech Repulbic by the Konexe association in order to draw attention to the situation of the Romani minority in the country. Organizers of the march believe the state's integration policy often fails, resulting in many Romani people ending up in ghettos without education or work, as well as in anti-Romani sentiment gaining strength.  full story

Czech Republic: 70 ultra-rightists march on Romani neighborhood

Ústí nad Labem, 7.10.2012 8:32, (ROMEA) About 70 protesters marched yesterday afternoon in Ústí nad Labem around residential hotels predominantly inhabited by Romani people. The protest gathering took place without any larger conflicts occurring and ended in shouting matches between small groups of those supporting the right-wing extremist Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) and counter-demonstrators supporting the Romani tenants. Police riot units kept the groups apart.  full story

Czech Republic: Project commemorates postwar Romani labor

Brno/Ostrava, 6.10.2012 9:56, (ROMEA) A project in the schools called "The Memory of Romani Workers - O Leperiben (Romani Memory)" will commemorate the stories of Romani people from Slovakia who came to towns in the Czech Republic after 1945 to work on construction sites and in heavy industry. The Sociology Department of the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno is focusing on gathering oral histories from Romani workers in the Cejl neighborhood of Brno and the Vítkovice neighborhood of Ostrava. Audio recordings of their memories and portrait photographs of the workers will be storied in the collections of the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno.  full story

European experts compare experiences working in socially excluded localities

Sokolov, 6.10.2012 9:13, (ROMEA) The Romani community in Great Britain and the Czech Interior Ministry project on crime prevention assistants were two of the themes discussed at a two-day international conference focusing on the issue of socially excluded localities. The conference took place in Sokolov from 3-4 October 2012 and was opened by representatives of municipal governments, the Czech Interior Ministry, and the Police of the Czech Republic.  full story

Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic calls for voter participation

Prague, 5.10.2012 8:18, (ROMEA) The leadership of the Statewide Association of Romani People in the Czech Republic has issued the following statement:  full story

Czech Republic: Right-wing extremists to march in Ústí tomorrow

Ústí nad Labem, 5.10.2012 8:03, (ROMEA) The Hate is No Solution initiative and the Konexe civic association have issued the following press release:  full story

Czech Police arrest three foreigners in Žatec for promoting neo-Nazism

Žatec, 3.10.2012 8:20, (ROMEA) Tomáš Krupička, spokesperson for the Louny Municipal Police, has reported that Czech Police officers arrested three foreigners on the suspicion of promoting fascism during the early morning hours of 1 October. The suspects had met up at a private concert held by right-wing extremists in the Lidový dům ("People's House") in the town of Žatec. Police estimate around 100 people attended the event. More than 80 police officers intervened on the scene, including special riot units from Ústí nad Labem.  full story

Roma Pride 2012 this Sunday in 15 European capitals including Prague

Prague, 3.10.2012 7:30, (ROMEA) On Sunday, October 7 2012 the streets of Prague and 14 other capitals of European states will experience Roma Pride marches. In Prague the march will start at the embankment of Rašínovo nábřeží near Jirásek Bridge (Jiráskův most) and continue along the riverside to the Protestant church U Salvátora in Salvátorská street in the Old Town (Staré Město). A panel discussion will take place in the church followed by an ecumenical service ministered by Romani clergy and others in the church of St. Martin in the Wall (Sv. Martin ve zdi). In the Czech Republic the march is being organized by the NGO Konexe, while the Europe-wide coordination is being done by EGAM (the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement).  full story

Czech Republic: 2 000 people say "We are all gypsies"

Prague, 1.10.2012 17:39, (ROMEA) Around 2 000 young people marched through Prague on Saturday under the slogan "We are all gypsies" to express their general dissatisfaction with society and protest the spread of neo-Nazism. Andrea Zoulová, spokesperson for the Prague Police, reported on the event to the Mediafax agency.  full story

Czech Republic: "SOS Přednádraží" calls attention to Romani locality

Ostrava, 1.10.2012 17:00, (ROMEA) A new public appeal, "SOS Přednádraží", is trying to draw attention once more to the living situation in that part of Ostrava. Several dozen people, including children, are residing in buildings which the Building Works Authority has decided are hazardous to human life. The initiators of the appeal are challenging politicians to get involved and to implement a dignified, feasible solution to this problem. Petr Hauzírek released the appeal on behalf of its organizers.  full story

Czech Republic: Protesters against neo-Nazi march may sue police, will protest further Monday

Kralupy nad Vltavou, 29.9.2012 8:24, (ROMEA) Representatives of a local initiative called "Kralupy against neo-Nazism" (Kralupy proti neonacismu) have responded on Facebook to yesterday's police intervention against them as they were protesting a neo-Nazi march there yesterday (see Their statement reads as follows:  full story

Czech Republic: Romani candidate in regional elections physically assaulted

Lom – Loučná, 29.9.2012 8:03, (ROMEA) The "Citizens for the town, the town for the citizens" movement ("Občané městu, město občanům" - OMMO) has issued the following press release:  full story

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