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Nina Špitálníková, Korean Studies graduate and Czech candidate for the Pirates during the 2019 European Parliament elections. (PHOTO:  Facebook profile of Nina Špitálníková)
Nina Špitálníková, Korean Studies graduate and Czech candidate for the Pirates during the 2019 European Parliament elections. (PHOTO: Facebook profile of Nina Špitálníková)

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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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Czech Senate elections won by the right-wing Civic Democrats

17.10.2018 8:42 The victor of this year's elections to the Czech Senate is the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), 10 of whose 11 candidates have won their runoffs. The party will have the strongest club in the upper chamber, tying the STAN (Mayors and Independents) movement, which won six of its runoffs.  full story

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Czech Republic: RomanoNet launches campaign to get out the Romani vote - "ME DŽAV! A so tu?"

1.10.2018 7:03 RomanoNet, an organization based in the Czech Republic, launched a campaign at the end of August called ME DŽAV! A so tu? ("I'M GOING! Are you?"). The aim is to activate Romani voters and motivate them to participate in the local elections this coming weekend.  full story

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Czech local elections see at least 150 Romani men and women running

10.9.2018 14:20 At least 150 Romani candidates are running in local elections this autumn in the Czech Republic for seats on city councils and local assemblies. Voting will take place on Friday, 5 October and Saturday, 6 October in more than 6 200 municipalities where more than 200 000 candidates are competing  full story

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Czech local election campaign slogan: "Poison alone is not strong enough for these pests" - meaning Romani people

7.9.2018 17:49 Campaigns by various groups and parties in the run-up to the local elections have been launched in the Czech Republic. In addition to slogans that are either empty or populist, there are more slogans being used about which there can be no doubt that they are basically racist and would have fit right in with Nazi propaganda.  full story

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Tomáš Ščuka: We may disagree with him, but Romani candidate for extremist party is entitled to his opinions

7.9.2018 7:09 On 5 and 6 October we will be voting in the local elections to the councils of cities and municipalities as well as to the Senate, the upper chamber of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. I have been unable to avoid noticing the sharp reactions of some Romani people to the young Romani man who has decided to run as a candidate for the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" movement of Tomio Okamura (SPD) in Karviná.  full story

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Tomáš Ščuka: Romani people need competent representation first and foremost, not Romani representation at all costs

1.8.2018 10:04 I would like to discuss one of the big deficiencies in the Romani community, and that is the active participation of Romani people in political life. Thanks to the existence of online social networks, which make communications and the opportunity to share opinions so easy, we have recently been able to follow different calls to action, discussions, and similar inputs from the widest possible sample of Romani people across the Czech Republic who are frequently expressing their views of the necessity for higher participation by our community and sharing their perspectives.  full story

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Independent Romani candidate collecting signatures to run for Czech Senate

23.7.2018 7:26 Petr Jano wants to become a senator representing the district of Chomutov. Like all other independent candidates, he needs to collect 1 000 petition signatures by 31 July 2018 to qualify for applying to run on the ballot.  full story

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Czech experts point to association between indebtedness and extremist voting patterns

15.2.2018 10:53 In the Czech Republic, indebtedness and being subjected to a large number of collections proceedings is reflected in voting patterns, and in regions where inhabitants have ended up in the debt trap, more anti-system, extremist parties have succeeded. The updated map of collections underway in the country has just demonstrated this apparent association.

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Czech presidential elections: Voters don't have to go to their home precinct if they have a voter pass

3.1.2018 13:02 Voters in the upcoming elections should already know by now where they can go locally to cast their ballots for the next President of the Czech Republic. The deadline for mayors to announce the addresses of the polls was 29 December 2017.

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Czech Republic: "Middle class" Roma share photos on Facebook of themselves casting ballots in lower house election

23.10.2017 7:30 Photographs of Romani people casting votes during this year's elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic flooded Facebook on Friday and Saturday. Some photographs were shared publicly, others just with friends, and those posting urged other Romani people to go to the polls.  full story

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Czech Republic: Low turnout in socially excluded localities, but ANO, Communists and Okamura scored there

22.10.2017 18:27 In socially excluded localities predominantly inhabited by Romani people very few voters went to the polls. The lowest voter participation was at the Chanov housing estate in the town of Most, and voters did not turn out much in the Předlice quarter either.  full story

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Czech elections 2017: ANO wins big, SocDems down but not out, Pirates score gains as does hatemongering Okamura

22.10.2017 12:34 The hands-down winner of this year's elections to the Chamber of Deputies is the governing ANO movement of Andrej Babiš. Second place goes to the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) at 18 percentage points behind, the biggest discrepancy between the top two parties in the history of the Czech lower house.  full story

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Slovakia: Police arrest Romani candidate, his daughter insists he is innocent

21.10.2017 8:20 On Friday, 13 October, hundreds of members of Slovakia's National Financial Police Unit, the National Crime Agency, and other police forces intervened against people in the regions of Banská Bystrica, Bratislava, Košice and Prešov. "Officers involved in Operation SHARK are seaching houses and other places in more than 40 buildings with the aim of documenting serious economic criminal activity," the police posted to their Facebook profile.

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Martin Bajger, candidate for the Czech lower house: If just one Romani MP is seated, that would be success

19.10.2017 7:56 News server Romea.cz is publishing interviews with each Romani candidate competing for a seat this year in the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. This interview is with the entrepreneur Martin Bajger, who is running on the Green Party candidate list in 25th place in Ústí nad Labem.  full story

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