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Miloš Zeman (left) and Governor of the Olomouc Region Ladislav Okleštěk (ANO) (Collage: Romea.cz)
Miloš Zeman (left) and Governor of the Olomouc Region Ladislav Okleštěk (ANO) (Collage: Romea.cz)

Czech President and Governor of Olomouc Region doubt whether attack on African man in Prague was racially motivated

19.11.2017 12:09 Czech President Miloš Zeman and the Governor of the Olomouc Region, Ladislav Okleštěk (ANO), have cast doubt on whether the assault committed against a man from Africa earlier this month in Prague by a group of Sigma Olomouc football fans on a tram was racially motivated. The victim said none of his fellow passengers came to his aid and that the driver did not understand why he wanted to call the police.  full story

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Czech Republic commemorates Velvet Revolution, Prague Police arrest two right-wing extremists

18.11.2017 13:25 Yesterday the inhabitants of the Czech Republic commemorated the anniversary of the events that transpired on 17 November 1989 and 1939. The biggest number of such events was held in the capital, Prague.
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Racially-motivated attack by football fans on African man on a tram in the Czech capital - nobody came to his aid

10.11.2017 8:54 News server Aktuálně.cz reports that a group of fans of the Sigma Olomouc football club assaulted a man from western Africa on Saturday, 4 November as they were riding on a tram in Prague. The victim ended up in the hospital.  full story

UN tells Czech Republic to improve Romani integration, compensate illegally sterilized women

9.11.2017 6:16 Improving the integration of Romani people into society, combating racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, and continuing efforts to achieve equality between men and women were some of the recommendations made to the Czech Republic by the member countries of the United Nations (UN) on 6 November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the state of human rights worldwide. Many countries expressed appreciation for the progress the Czech Republic has achieved on integrating disadvantaged children into the education system and on reaching an agreement to buy the pig farm at Lety u Písku, which stands on the site of a former concentration camp for Romani people.  full story

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Slovakia: Debacle in elections for the neofascists, Kotleba out as Regional Governor

7.11.2017 17:32 Slovakia has directly elected Regional Governors and Regional Assembly members in the country's eight self-administering regions. Marian Kotleba of the "People's Party Our Slovakia" (LSNS), a neofascist, suffered a big defeat, losing to Jan Lunter by more than 20 percentage points and leaving his post as Banská Bystrica's Governor.  full story

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Czech racists threaten online to kill children because they are of Arab and Romani origin

6.11.2017 11:40 The Czech Government's HateFree Culture website is reporting that a wave of racist reactions has been prompted in the Czech-language Internet environment by a photo of first-graders from a primary school in Teplice that has been published by a local daily. The photograph and the names of the pupils and teachers was published last week on a nationalist website, and hundreds of Internet users have shared it from there, frequently with racist commentary.
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Czech court holds trial of man who threatened Romani children with gunfire at summer camp

1.11.2017 12:56 Last week the District Court in Děčín opened the trial of the shooting and vulgar verbal assault committed against children participating in the Čhavorenge children's choir ensemble, directed by Ida Kelarová, in the Děčín area in August 2016. The trial was scheduled after the defendant, Martin Kout, objected to a court order finding him guilty of rioting.  full story

Czech military intelligence: Extremists' Islamophobic declarations legitimize the ideology of radical Islamists

25.10.2017 13:37 The wave of Islamophobia that spread during the refugee crisis has influenced the radicalization of Muslims in Europe. Czech Military Intelligence (VZ) makes that assertion in its annual report for 2016.  full story

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Czech MP, embittered by his party's loss, curses news server Romea.cz and Roma in general

23.10.2017 6:20 Czech MP Jaroslav Foldyna, whose Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) has suffered an enormous electoral defeat, has made racist verbal attacks against Romani people in the Czech Republic. He has also made vulgar remarks about the Romea.cz news server.  full story

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Czech Republic: Protesters shout "Nazis Go Home" in front of Okamura's campaign office

22.10.2017 13:32 Several dozen people protested last night in front of the Prague campaign office of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" party (SPD), led by Tomio Okamura, against the fact that the hate group has been elected to the Chamber of Deputies. "Welcome refugees, Nazis go home!", demonstrators chanted beneath the windows of Hotel Čechie.  full story

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Six Romani men, one Romani woman running for the Czech lower house

20.10.2017 21:43 Today and tomorrow 31 movements and parties will strive to be seated in the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. This time there is no party whose main aim is to win the interest of national minorities in the country.  full story

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Alena Gronzíková: Romale, don't be lazy, vote! Otherwise Okamura will govern us!

13.10.2017 9:18 There are just a couple of days left before the parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic and the campaigns are in full swing and becoming more intense. The current estimates for the outcome, however, are not predicting anything positive.  full story

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Czech party apparently trolled into posting photo of its leader on Facebook with Nazi swastika

12.10.2017 10:59 More and more Czech parties are using hateful, racist slogans during the closing phase of their campaigns to be seated in Parliament. Public broadcaster Czech Television is running a hateful, anti-Islam advertisement from the "Bloc agains Islamicization" group, and on 7 October the official Facebook page of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) party, headed by Tomio Okamura, posted their leader's photograph along with a Nazi swastika.  full story

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Czech Police report low turnout for ultra-right event featuring speaker convicted of the racially-motivated murder of a Romani man

3.10.2017 7:14 The ultra-right Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS) called last week for a demonstration on Thursday 28 September, a state holiday. "Tomorrow, big action in Svitavy!!!" read its website on Wednesday, calling for what organizers said would be their "First St. Václav's Day Demonstration."  full story

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Czech Deputy Trade Minister's pay is docked after posting to Facebook that "Gypsies are like jellyfish - poisonous and useless"

15.9.2017 14:43 Czech news server Aktuálně.cz reported yesterday that Karel Novotný, the Czech Deputy Trade Minister who is running for Parliament for the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) in the Ústecký Region, has posted to Facebook the remark that Romani people are like jellyfish because they are, in his opinion, "poisonous and useless".
He will be losing his quarterly salary as a result.  full story

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Czech extremists abuse LGBT pride march in town of Plzeň but fail to block it

6.9.2017 9:27 Approximately 500 people, most of them youths, attended the first-ever Pilsen Pride march in Plzeň, Czech Republic on Saturday 2 September 2017, an offshoot of the Prague Pride march celebrating sexual minorities. The event was attended by activists from the Green Party, religious members of the LGBT community belonging to the Logos organization, Romani LGBT persons, and Marie Ferina, a famous activist for the rights of the LGBT community.  full story

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Chair of Prague DSSS celebrates ultra-right terrorist murdering woman in USA

16.8.2017 18:47 The chair of the Prague regional branch of the Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS), Jiří Petřivalský, has used his Facebook profile to praise the recent neo-Nazi terror attack in the USA. Speaking as a leader of the Czech ultra-right, he commented not just on the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, but also on the deaths of the police officers who died during a helicopter crash when responding to the riot by posting the "score" of "3:0".  full story

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USA: Politicians and public pressure Trump to condemn white racists behind Saturday's deadly violence

14.8.2017 15:21 The Associated Press reports that two days after the violence sparked by a rally of white racists in Charlottesville, Virginia, US President Donald Trump is facing strong pressure to condemn the actions of the radical groups that lead to the death of a young woman and the injury of many others. Trump's statement on the violence has just been general and he has demonstrated a cautious approach toward criticizing radical "white nationalists" in the past, leading him to be accused of bias against various ethnic groups.  full story

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USA: Charlottesville mayor says Saturday's incident was terrorism, FBI investigating

14.8.2017 12:47

Saturday's incident during which a man drove a car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville, Virginia is being investigated by the FBI. Unrest broke out in the town
that was provoked by two assemblies by white extremists there beginning Friday.

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US President fails to explicitly condemn white racists for deadly rally, garners criticism and protest

13.8.2017 18:31 American media outlets are reporting today that the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday provoked by an extremist "white nationalist" rally is sparking growing resistance there, and President Donald Trump is garnering criticism for his equivocal commentary on it. One person died during the demonstration by the "white nationalists", two State Police officers died when their helicopter crashed as they responded to the rally, and 19 people were injured.  full story

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