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A campaign billboard for the SPD party of Tomio Okamura, October 2017, which says
A campaign billboard for the SPD party of Tomio Okamura, October 2017, which says "Money for the decent, not for the parasites". (PHOTO: Twitter.com)

Crime report filed after Czech politician calls for murder of minorities

20.11.2017 11:22 News server iDNES.cz reported last week that Jaroslav Staník, the secretary for the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement chaired by Tomio Okamura, has been reported to the state prosecutor on suspicion of criminal activity. Activist Jan Cemper filed the complaint after Staník made remarks about minorities that included calls for their murder.  full story

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Jolana Šmarhovyčová: Roma in the Czech Republic are demotivated because employers reject even educated Roma

19.11.2017 9:45 Jolana Šmarhovyčová, an organizer from the Romani community in Ostrava, has given an interview with the Czech News Agency in which she said that the discrimination against Romani children in the Czech schools is the same as it was 10 years ago when the European Court for Human Rights found the Czech Republic had violated the right to education of 18 Romani children by recommending they enrol into segregated "special schools". In her view, Romani parents would be more interested in better educations for their children if the majority society could show them more respect and if they could become better-informed.  full story

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ROMEA raises funds to support Czech school subjected to racist attacks online

17.11.2017 14:46 ROMEA, along with other organizations and many public figures, has decided to respond to the current wave of hatred and racism that is spreading through the Czech Republic. Together they are joining a campaign to promote the Romani Scholarship Program which, during this academic year, has already supported 86 Romani secondary school students from all over the Czech Republic.  full story

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Marie Siváková: Reaction of an ordinary Roma/Czech woman to President's allegation that 90 % of "inadaptables" are Romani

14.11.2017 9:33 "Where is my homeland?" is the opening refrain of the national anthem of the Czech Republic, and I, too, am asking: Am I able to consider the Czech lands my home? A country where a certain part of the majority society hates me, considers me a parasite and "inadaptable"?  full story

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Civil society members of Czech Govt Roma Council call on voters not to re-elect Zeman

13.11.2017 11:45 Some Romani civil society members of the Czech Government Council for Romani Minority Affairs released an open letter on 11 November to the citizens of the Czech Republic calling on them not to re-elect Czech President Miloš Zeman. The letter was their response to Zeman's most recent verbal assault on Romani people, in which he claimed that "90 % of inadaptable citizens" in the country are Romani.  full story

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Czech President says 90 % of "inadaptable citizens" are Romani

13.11.2017 9:03 According to Czech President Miloš Zeman, 90 % of what he called the country's "inadaptable citizens" are Romani and just 10 % are "white slobs". Zeman made his remarks on a program called "This Week with the President" (Týden s prezidentem), which is regularly broadcast by the Barrandov cable television station and moderated by the director of that station, Jaromír Soukup.  full story

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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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Czech court will soon try yet another person who sent death threats to Romani singer

8.11.2017 8:52 News server Lidovky.cz reports that the death threats made against Romani singer Radoslav Banga because of his stance against the neo-Nazi Ortel band will be heard in court soon - Aleš Rozsíval of Prostějov will be tried for verbally assaulting the performer through social networking sites and the state prosecutor has charged him with four separate felonies. Rozsíval previously made threats in a similar manner against Czech MP Jana Černochová (Civic Democratic Party - ODS).  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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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 say threats to "bring Roma children to justice" are not criminal

2.10.2017 15:09 The last two of the more than 10 criminal reports that the ROMEA organization filed with police in March of this year involving racist commentaries and threats made through Facebook were dismissed in August after being sent to Prague 1 police by the District State Prosecutor. As in the cause of the preceding two reports, the police did not find that these two incidents rose to the level of a felony.  full story

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Jan Horváth: We need a better President of the Czech Republic. Kampel amenge feder prezidentos

26.9.2017 7:39 The highest representative of any state should represent the nation. That means being its protector, its spokesperson, and defending the rights of all its citizens equally.  full story

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Czech Police charge man who urged daughter to practice beating Muslims or Romani people with a baseball bat

17.9.2017 17:51 Czech Police have charged a man who was filmed urging his young daughter to use a baseball bat to hit a pillow while imagining it was a "Muslim or a Gypsy". The video was first reported on by news server Romea.cz after a Facebook user nicknamed Olloph Samorost posted it to his profile at the beginning of August.  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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videoRomani psychology student who is a ROMEA scholarship winner featured on Czech Television

8.9.2017 9:30 "Our parents never went to college, but I was told I would go to college by them at home from an early age," Roman Koky, a Romani student of psychology, says in a reportage produced by the "168 Hours" program on public broadcaster Czech Television. Along with his brother Michal, who is studying pharmacy, Roman Koky has attended a recent "Baruvas" ("We Are Growing") meeting of Romani high school and college scholarship recipients.
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Commentary: Czech politician takes photo with extremists who have records of racist violence

31.8.2017 9:52 There is a great deal that could be written about the long career of Czech politician Jiří Čunek. Some of his fellow Christian Democratic Party members (KDU-ČSL) look up to him, while others would be glad to kick him out if they only could.  full story

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Czech NGO: Court has failed shamefully in case of death threats against Romani singer

30.8.2017 7:40 News server Romea.cz is publishing here in full translation the entire statement by the In IUSTITIA organization about the recent verdict from the District Court in Kladno in the matter of the mass social media attack on Romani singer Radek Banga last year. On 24 August the court sentenced one person, David Šmíd, to perform 100 hours of community service work as punishment for making death threats.  full story

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