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An initially calm protest against accommodating asylum-seekers in a newly-opened refugee center in the town of Heidenau, Germany grew overnight into a violent clash between extremists and police on 22 August 2015 (PHOTO:  YouTube.com, Euronews).
An initially calm protest against accommodating asylum-seekers in a newly-opened refugee center in the town of Heidenau, Germany grew overnight into a violent clash between extremists and police on 22 August 2015 (PHOTO: YouTube.com, Euronews).

Germany: Romani-inhabited building struck by arson, media strangely quiet

16.1.2018 8:00 Dozens of residential buildings have been struck by arson in Germany in recent years, and the subtext to these insidious attacks has been either a neo-Nazi motivation, or a racist one, or has yet to be identified. Fortunately, the victims of most of these cases have not suffered physical injury, as the targets have been residential hotels slated for accommodating refugees that were not yet occupied at the time of the crime.  full story

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Czech attorney: Justice for online hate has been won in a case of racist assaults against two Romani brothers

14.1.2018 8:36 The District Court in Prostějov, Czech Republic has given a suspended sentence to a perpetrator of online assaults against Patrik and Radek Banga, who have also been awarded compensation for the non-pecuniary damages they suffered in the full amount requested. The In IUSTITIA organization provided legal services to both victims.
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Czech pro-Kremlin disinformation Facebook page sparks wave of racist, vulgar comments about non-white infant

13.1.2018 11:04 News server Aktuálně.cz reports that police in Třinec, Czech Republic are investigating racist comments made online against a male infant whose parents have Czech-Vietnamese and Kurdish roots. The commentaries were posted to the xenophobic Facebook page WeAreHereAtHome, which has renamed itself Zprávy.cz and purports to publish serious news reporting.  full story

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Greek court sentences woman who kicked Romani girl on the street to three months in prison

3.1.2018 7:12 News server Keep Talking Greece reports that a woman who assaulted a young Romani girl on the streets of Athens four years ago has finally been convicted and sentenced to three months behind bars. The incident happened on 17 September 2013 when the woman saw the seven-year-old sit down on the sidewalk of Dionisiou Aeropagitoy Street, which leads to the Acropolis, and begin playing the accordion.  full story

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Czech lower house approves budget, SPD did not succeed to reduce financing for Romani integration

26.12.2017 11:49 The Czech lower house has approved the state budget for 2018, reducing the approved deficit compared to last year by CZK 10 billion to CZK 50 billion. The MPs added CZK 3.3 million in social services, CZK 1 billion to support the agricultural food complex, and CZK 300 million for investment into nursery and primary schools.  full story

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Denmark: Immigrant and ex-MP visits those who post hateful commentaries and threats online

23.12.2017 18:46 Özlem Cekic, a former MP in Denmark, has decided to undertake a genuinely unique approach to combating racism and xenophobia. As an immigrant, a Muslim, and a woman she has been targeted with many hateful commentaries, harassment and threats online.  full story

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Czech party alleges ROMEA calls for violence online - but the posts are by their own ultra-right fans

23.12.2017 16:02 The "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) movement, headed by Czech MP Tomio Okamura, has made three separate accusations over the past week against the ROMEA organization. The movement's Vice-Chair, Radim Fiala, has quoted from some posts to online social networks about last weekend's conference in Prague of parties in the "Europe of Nations and Freedom" faction at the European Parliament, whose programs are anti-immigration, hateful, and xenophobic, alleging that ROMEA's Facebook page was used to call for people to bring "machetes" to the demonstration against the SPD and its European partners.  full story

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Opinion: Running a nationalist party in Europe is a very good business plan

21.12.2017 9:43 According to the director of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations Working with Migrants, Anna Dumont, running nationalist parties in the Czech Republic is a very good business plan for those in charge of them. "As a result of their gains in the recent elections, the SPD has been given from the state budget CZK 54 million [EUR 2 million] plus another CZK 20 million [EUR 777 700] annually per elected MP. This is a business. This is a machine for producing money that functions effectively, and not just in our country. This is a perfect way to cheat the voters. All of these party leaders have known, from the beginning, that they will be unable to fulfill any of their promises," Dumont said in her speech at last weekend's demonstration against the Prague conference of the anti-immigration, hateful, xenophobic parties in the ENF group at the European Parliament, which news server Romea.cz is publishing here in full translation.  full story

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Organizers of yesterday's demonstration say politicians' allegations of "assault" by protesters in front of Prague hotel are a lie

17.12.2017 17:21 Czech MP Tomio Okamura is continuing his deceptive verbal attacks against his political opponents, posting allegations to Facebook post that his own brother, Hayato Okamura, Czech MEP Jaromír Štětina (TOP09), and an unnamed activist supposedly associated with news server Romea.cz prevented the course of yesterday's "Europe of Nations and Freedom" conference in Prague using violence and vulgarities. The demonstration organizers and the ROMEA organization have emphatically objected to these lies.  full story

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International media: Anti-immigration, hateful, xenophobic parties from around Europe want to exploit Czech SPD's success

17.12.2017 8:31 Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Associated Press (AP), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) and the French daily Le Monde have all reported that the choice of Prague as the location for the conference yesterday of parties seated in the European Parliament that are anti-immigration, hateful and xenophobic was no accident. According to these media, the ultra-right parties want to draw new energy from the recent electoral success of their Czech host, the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) movement of Czech MP Tomio Okamura.  full story

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videoVIDEO: "We don't want Fascists here" - protests against Prague meeting of xenophobic parties from around Europe

16.12.2017 19:23 Several hundred demonstrators whistling loudly and shouting "Shame!" and "Down with Fascists!" arrived at Prague's TOP Hotel today, where a meeting of representatives of anti-immigration parties from around Europe was being held. Demonstrators assembled at the Roztyly metro station at 14:00 and peacefully marched from there to the hotel carrying European Union flags.  full story

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Co-chair of Green Party says Czech taxpayers should not pay to protect Holocaust deniers visiting Prague

16.12.2017 11:16 Ondřej Mirovský, co-chair of the Green Party in the Czech Republic, rejects the idea that taxpayers should cover the costs of "providing security for Holocaust deniers". He made his remarks in response to the fact that the Czech Police are providing special protection for the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was convicted of inciting discrimination last year and who is now coming to Prague for a meeting of parties from the "Europe of Nations and Freedom" (ENF) group at the European Parliament (EP) that disseminate hatred and anti-immigrant sentiment.  full story

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Czech Republic: Hundreds demonstrate against meeting of anti-immigration hate parties from all over Europe

16.12.2017 9:36 Yesterday in Prague, according to police, approximately 300 predominantly left-wing activists protested against today's planned meeting in the Czech capital of representatives of anti-immigration parties from all over Europe. Organizers of the event claim approximately 500 people turned out.
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Czech Police investigate party secretary who called for the gassing of Jews and Roma

11.12.2017 6:08 The Czech Police have begun to investigate Jaroslav Staník, the secretary of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" movement (SPD), over his allegedly hateful, racist remarks about "homosexuals", Jews and Romani people made at the end of October on the grounds of the lower house, according to eyewitnesses. The Facebook platform called "Against Hate Speech" (Proti projevům nenávisti) first published the news of the investigation.  full story

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YouTube wants to combat disinformation and hatred, hiring thousands to remove harmful content

7.12.2017 6:56 The Alphabet company, which owns the Google search engine and through it the YouTube internet portal for sharing videos, is hiring more staffers. They will be tasked with inspecting and removing videos with extremist, violent content.  full story

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EU High Level Group on combating racism features Roma participants from Czech Republic, discusses Afrophobia

6.12.2017 11:46 On 5 December 2017 the European Union High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance convened and discussed the specific racism faced by people of African descent in the European Union. The topic is a big step towards recognizing the prevalence of Afrophobia in Europe and then acting to combat it.  full story

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Petition demands Czech President resign and SPD party be dissolved for supporting racism

3.12.2017 16:15 A former Czechoslovak soldier and member of the Romani community now living in Great Britain, Štefan Pongo, has initiated an online petition calling for the dissolution of the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" party of Tomio Okamura (the SPD) and the resignation of Czech President Miloš Zeman. For now more than 100 people have signed on to it and other signatures are being added continually.
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Czech sociologist: We must face down xenophobia by supporting those who are intimidated

30.11.2017 9:30 Former Czech MP Ivan Gabal, who is also a well-known sociologist, has been interviewed by the Czech online broadcaster DVTV, describing to reporter Martin Veselovský why he decided to initiate the fundraising drive in support of the Romani and other children at a school in Teplice who were recently attacked online - "THEY WANT TO GAS THEM, WE WANT TO SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!" ("ONI JE DO PLYNU. MY JE DO ŠKOL!"). In his view it is important to support children and their parents when they become the targets of xenophobic attacks.  full story

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Germany: 14 month sentence for Holocaust denial just the latest conviction of 89-year-old

30.11.2017 8:53 On 29 November an appeals court in Detmold in the German state of North Rnine-Westphalia sentenced Ursula Haverbeck to 14 months in prison for denying the existence of the Holocaust. The 89-year-old woman was found guilty of inciting hatred.  full story

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Czech bureaucrat who compared Roma to jellyfish resigns from Social Democrats

30.11.2017 7:31 Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Karel Novotný, who is also a local assembly member in Most, recently became notorious for comparing Romani people to jellyfish in a Facebook post. He has since resigned from the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD).  full story

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