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Czech MP Tomio Okamura has repeatedly doubted the suffering of the Romani prisoners of the WWII-era concentration camp at Lety u Písku. (Collage: Romea.cz)
Czech MP Tomio Okamura has repeatedly doubted the suffering of the Romani prisoners of the WWII-era concentration camp at Lety u Písku. (Collage: Romea.cz)

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Commentary: Czech President Zeman's racism and Romani people

8.11.2018 7:04 Miloš Zeman loves to talk about things he does not understand - that's to say, he believes he understands them, but he expresses his judgments, for the most part, on the basis of a superficial view of the matter. Sometimes he even makes arguments repeating the opinions that are expressed by people on social networks, where everybody says whatever comes to mind without needing to become more familiar with the subject.  full story

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Monika Mihaličková: Czech President should take a look in the mirror and give himself a slap - "gypsy" is an insulting term

7.11.2018 15:59 "I do not perceive myself to be an elite Romani person," says Monika Mihaličková in an interview with the journalist Jindřich Šídlo for news server Seznam. The former MP in the Czech Chamber of Deputies is currently working for the ROMEA organization on a program that supports Romani students.  full story

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Romani girl attempts suicide after bullying at her primary school in Czech town

30.10.2018 19:40 A pupil in the eighth grade of the Slovanka Primary School in the town of Česká Lípa has attempted suicide because her fellow pupils bullied her. It is likely that they picked on her because of her Romani origin.  full story

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Czech Constitutional Court president: Ethnic and national self-centeredness and xenophobia are a threat to Europe

28.10.2018 19:39 Pavel Rychetský, the president of the Czech Constitutional Court, believes that ethnic and national self-centeredness and xenophobia are a threat to Europe
today. He made his remarks on 24 October during a speech on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia in the reconstructed chambers of the
Constitutional Court, which is also marking 25 years of activity.  full story

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Czech courts give suspended sentence to man who fired warning shots at Romani children

27.10.2018 15:32 Martin Kout, the man indicted for having fired warning shots at a children's camp in Jiřetín pod Jedlovou (Děčín district) and having racially abused both those attending and organizing the camp in 2016, has been given a conditional sentence of six months, suspended for 12 months, and the weapon he used in the crime - categorized as that of rioting - has been confiscated. Romani children were attending the camp at the time.  full story

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videoCzech Television launches new detective serial, "Lynch", about the murder of a young Romani man

27.10.2018 14:05 On 22 October, Czech Television broadcast the first episode of its new serial, "Lynch" (Lynč). The eight-part series tells the story of a fictional small Czech town of "Buchnov" where a young Romani man named Denis has been brutally murdered. A documentary filmmaker named Tomáš, who has known Denis since childhood, comes to the town to investigate.  full story

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Monika Mihaličková: Silence is consent

19.10.2018 19:52 In mid-August the RomanoNet and ROMEA organizations launched a campaign called "ME DŽAV! A so tu?" (I'M GOING! Are you?), the main aim of which was to
awaken Romani voters' interest in local elections. I was in charge of the online part of the campaign.  full story

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USA: Passer-by calls police on black man babysitting white children

17.10.2018 11:37 When Corey Lewis left a fast food restaurant in the state of Georgia and headed to his car together with the two children whom he was babysitting, he was stopped by a woman whom he did not know. She asked him whether the children were all right and wanted to speak with them.  full story

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Czech Internet users celebrate the deaths of migrant children in Turkey

17.10.2018 9:44 Turkey's state wire service Anadolu reported the deaths of at least 22 migrants, including children, during a traffic accident in the west of the country on Sunday, 14 October. According to photographs taken at the accident scene, a truck which was apparently transporting the migrants broke through traffic barriers and dropped from the highway into an irrigation canal below.  full story

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Czech ultra-nationalist party joins local assembly in the country's second-largest city

15.10.2018 8:14 The local assembly of the City of Brno will be joined for the first time ever by the populist, xenophobic "Freedom and Direct Democracy Movement of Tomio Okamura" (SPD), which won four of the 55 seats there in the recent elections. The lead candidate on that ticket, college instructor Ivan Fencl, told the Czech News Agency he wants to audit the city's financial management and strategic projects as part of the opposition.  full story

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ROMEA to Czech President: Romani life in communist Czechoslovakia included forced assimilation, forced sterilization of women, segregated education

10.10.2018 15:40 Speaking on Friday after casting his ballot for an interview with Richard Samko, a Czech Television reporter who is a Romani community member, Czech President Miloš Zeman reiterated that Romani people - unlike other citizens - did not suffer so much during the communist era. "What kind of nationality can this be if the nation cannot even manage to espouse its own nationality and instead of that lists themselves [during the census] as Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, I don't know what all," Zeman also said during the interview.  full story

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Czech sociologist refutes President's allegations about Romani unemployment, agrees with ROMEA

8.10.2018 19:12 Czech President Miloš Zeman has doubled down on his insinuations about Romani people not working when responding to the hundreds of photographs posted to Facebook by Romani people showing themselves on the job. Speaking on Friday, he called the photos an initiative by just "one-tenth" of the country's Romani population.  full story

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videoCzech President insults Romani people yet again after casting his ballot

7.10.2018 14:43 Speaking on Friday afternoon after casting his ballot, Czech President Miloš Zeman made remarks that insulted Romani people in the Czech Republic yet again, his second such remark that day and the third in 10 days. Remarking that "Nazism was a long time ago", he dismissed the 20th-century suffering of Romani people - which is the reason many Romani people today do not self-identify themselves as Romani to Czech state authorities during the census.  full story

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videoROMEA: Czech President has manipulated facts yet again - we can prove 70 % of Romani people in this country work

5.10.2018 14:22 Czech President Miloš Zeman is insisting on the accuracy of his remarks about unemployed Romani people. Responding to the hundreds of photographs posted to
Facebook by Romani people from their workplaces, Zeman said today that the initiative represented just one-tenth of the Romani population.
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