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Radoslav Banga, lead singer for the band Gipsy.cz, in his video for the 2017 song
Radoslav Banga, lead singer for the band Gipsy.cz, in his video for the 2017 song "Je to tak" ("That's How It Is"). (PHOTO: rYouTube.com)

videoGipsy.cz video sends the message that we can turn the negative into positive

6.12.2017 10:02 On Sunday, 3 December, the band Gipsy.cz released its new video for a song called "Je to tak" ("That's How It Is"). The video takes place in a field near Křivoklát Castle and was directed by lead singer Radoslav Banga, who also performs in it.  full story

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Czech Republic: Children's text messages prove incident not one of "Roma gang violence", as media incorrectly reported

17.10.2017 9:57 The editors of news server Romea.cz have seen copies of the electronic communications between the youths who were recently involved in a public brawl in the town of Louny. The communications conclusively document that reports describing the incident as involving a gang of Romani youths demanding protection money from non-Romani children - the version disseminated by some media outlets (such as Deník.cz) and by some online social network users - is incorrect.  full story

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Czech Republic: Children's fight mischaracterized by media as "Roma gang violence"

16.10.2017 8:08 The Facebook social network has been circulating a video recording of an aggressive assault by a Romani youth on two schoolchildren in a park in the Czech town of Louny. The state police are investigating and have beefed up morning and afternoon patrols around schools there in collaboration with local police, and the Department of Social Affairs and Health Care of the local authority has also begun investigating.  full story

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Czech Police investigating video of father encouraging his daughter to imagine she is beating "Gypsies"

5.8.2017 9:11 News server Aktuálně.cz has spoken with the man who made a video of himself encouraging his daughter to beat a pillow with a baseball bat while imagining she is beatng a "Gypsy" or a Muslim, an action he has told them he does not regret. After news server Romea.cz broke the news of the video going viral on Facebook, police have begun their investigation of the case.  full story

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videoCzech video goes viral of man telling girl to beat pillow with baseball bat and imagine it's a "Gypsy or a Muslim"

4.8.2017 13:32 A video has gone viral on the Facebook social networking site that shows a man who is most probably the father of a young girl whom he is encouraging to bash a pillow with a baseball bat and imagine it is a "Gypsy or a Muslim". The man is not seen in the video but his voice can be heard encouraging the child to use other vulgar terms such as "fuckers".   full story

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Karel Holomek is first Romani figure featured on Czech TV's "Gallery of the Elite of the Nation" show

25.7.2017 6:48 Czech Television broadcast on Sunday an episode of its cycle called "GEN", which means "gene" in Czech and is said to stand for "Gallery of the Elite of the Nation", featuring the portrait of the Romani activist, journalist, and mechanical engineering graduate Karel Holomek. Direction of the episode was done by the famous documentary filmmaker, actor and college educator Břetislav Rychlík.  full story

Protest for Philando Castile in St. Anthony, August 19, 2016 (PHOTO: Fibonacci Blue, Flickr.com)

videoUS: Police Officer Shoots African-American Man and is Acquitted of Manslaughter Charges

23.6.2017 13:00 US media are reporting that Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez  was acquitted of all charges on Friday 16 June 2017 in the shooting death of Philando Castile, a 32-year old African American man, on 6 July 2016. Footage of the incident retrieved from the dashboard camera of Yanez’s police car was released to the public on Tuesday 20 June 2017.  full story

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videoRomea.cz recovers mobile phone video of Czech Police procedure against Romani driver, case being reviewed by oversight board

20.11.2016 10:24 News server Romea.cz published the mobile phone video yesterday of an incident between a police officer and a Romani driver during a traffic stop at the beginning of November on the Máj housing estate in the town of České Budějovice after which the driver had to seek medical attention and was hospitalized with a bruised neck and suspected concussion. The driver had been attempting to film one of the officers involved in the traffic stop using his mobile phone, but the officer physically prevented him from doing so, took the phone away, erased the recording and smashed the phone itself.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: Romani woman who saved five lives four years ago lives in a shelter because no one will rent to her

7.11.2016 15:54 "I still remember what happened back then, I frequently discuss it with my friends... or I sometimes jerk awake when I'm asleep and dreaming about the water. It's better now, though," says Irena Drevňáková, the Romani woman who did not hesitate four years ago to save the lives of several people who were in a car crash.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: Eyewitness video footage shows Romani man was subjected to violence before he died

31.10.2016 17:40 An eyewitness to the incident in the pizzeria in the Czech town of Žatec on 18 October during which a Romani man died used a mobile phone to film what transpired. When the images are enlarged and also slowed down, they clearly show other customers committing violence against him prior to his death, including in front of the local police officers who intervened.  full story

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videoCzech Republic: Documentary "Shadows of the Romani Holocaust" marks a sad anniversary

23.7.2016 12:37 On 10 July 1942 the commander of the plainclothes police of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia issued the so-called "Decree on Suppressing the Gypsy Nuisance". On that basis, following the model of the leader of the SS for the Nazi German Reich, the Czech authorities compiled a list of "Gypsies, Gypsy Half-Breeds and persons living in the Gypsy way" which radically changed the lives of the Romani people then living in the Czech lands.  full story

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videoEXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Romani police officer originally from Czech Republic becomes a Member of the British Empire

31.10.2015 17:46 On 29 October, police officer Petr Torák received the honor of being appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the UK Home Office. The high civilian honor was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for his community work in the town of Peterborough.  full story

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videoLIVE BROADCAST 10:30 GMT today: Romani people meet with Pope Francis

26.10.2015 7:01 Pope Francis will receive more than 5 000 Romani people from the Americas, Asia and Europe today in the Paul VI Audience Hall, Vatican City at 10:30 GMT and the event will be broadcast live online. The meeting concludes the International Pilgrimage of Gypsies, which was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples between 23 and 26 October this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's visit to Romani people in a travellers' camp in Pomezia, Italy.  full story

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Czech Police say attack on disabled man was not committed by a Romani person

Česká Lípa, 4.8.2014 2:25, (ROMEA) "A Rom attacks and robs a wheelchair user near the Andy department store in Česká Lípa..." - this was the title accompanying a video recording posted to YouTube last Thursday from the mobile telephone of Radek Bachtík, who according to the tabloid news server Blesk.cz is a 20-year-old high school student. The dramatic video shows a man kicking a wheelchair user in the face and has begun to spread online like an avalanche.  full story

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videoCzech homeless people make video at Prague train station

Prague, 15.7.2014 18:56, (ROMEA) A total of 29 homeless people are featured in a new video clip that was filmed at Prague's Masaryk train station (Masarykové nádraží). In the emotional clip, the homeless men and women sing the Czech national anthem, "Kde domov můj?" (Where is My Home?).  full story

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videoUK: Archive of unique reportages about Roma dating back to 1910 now on YouTube

London, 3.5.2014 0:13, (ROMEA) An archive of 85 000 newsreels by the British Pathé company, which documented the events of the 20th century in the UK and elsewhere, has been published on YouTube in high definition. The archive includes unique film reportages about Romani people, the oldest of which is probably from the year 1910.  full story

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Slovakia: Police arrest neo-Nazis in Nitra, investigative delays to be reviewed

Nitra, Slovakia, 29.1.2014 17:52, (ROMEA) News server SME.sk reports that yesterday evening, police in Nitra finally arrested five neo-Nazis whose brutal assault on the defenseless customers of the Mariatchi student bar was captured by municipal police cameras last year. The video footage of the brutal assault was made public and media began to report on the case, apparently speeding up the police investigation.  full story

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Czech Police Inspector-General doesn't know who released video of assault in Duchcov, but DSSS seems to

Prague, 10.8.2013 2:09, (ROMEA) According to a report published by news server iDNES.cz, the Inspector-General of the Security Forces has shelved its investigation into the release of a video capturing an assault committed by several Romani people against a non-Romani married couple in the town of Duchcov earlier this year. Police say they did not succeed in determining who was behind the release of the footage to the media.  full story

Montenegro: Right-wing extremists assault country's first Gay Pride Parade

Podgorica, 25.7.2013 17:32, (ROMEA) On Wednesday, 24 July, in the very conservative country of Montenegro, right-wing extremists shouting "Kill the gays!" assaulted activists from the gay community who were meeting up for the country's first-ever Gay Pride Parade in the seaside resort of Budva. Wire services report the attackers threw bottles, rocks, smoke bombs and other objects, including café tables, at several dozen participants in the march and their supporters before clashing with riot police protecting the event.  full story

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videoVIDEO: Czech recording artist Bonus responds to anti-Roma marches

Prague, 12.7.2013 21:52, (ROMEA) At a time when the top politicians in the Czech Republic are maintaining a dogged silence about the current wave of anti-Romani marches, artists have begun to speak out. Acclaimed musician Martina Hůlu, who performs under the nickname Bonus, composed and recorded overnight a protest song responding to the hate marches by "decent" people against the Roma in České Budějovice.  full story

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