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Czech Republic: Almost 300 people protest against 150 neo-Nazis in Kralupy nad Vltavou

Kralupy nad Vltavou , 28.9.2012 22:27, (ROMEA) Today in the Czech town of Kralupy nad Vltavou roughly 150 neo-Nazis gathered for the eighth year in a row for their annual "St. Václav Day Demonstration" and clashed with approximately 300 counter-demonstrators in the town center. The marchers and counter-demonstrators ended up on either side of a stream and several dozen riot police intervened at the scene. The Czech Press Agency reports that glass bottles were thrown and firecrackers exploded. No injuries have been reported. After an hour, the march ended in the middle of a housing estate without further incident.  full story

Czech Republic: Landlord of Romani locality on Přednádraží street attempts suicide

Ostrava, 27.9.2012 20:58, (ROMEA) The landlord of the apartment buildings in the Romani locality on Přednádraží street in Ostrava where problems with the sewer lines and the overall state of the buildings have been brewing for some time attempted suicide over the weekend. The news, reported by news server Lidovky.cz, has been confirmed by local activist Kumar Vishwanathan.  full story

Czech regional candidate: Only constant dialogue makes sense

Hradec Králové, 27.9.2012 8:16, (ROMEA) This article continues our series of question and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections for Regional Authorities in the Czech Republic. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

Czech court rules on arson attack against Romani family in Býchory

Prague, 27.9.2012 6:14, (ROMEA) The four young men responsible for last year's attack on a Romani family from Býchory (Kolín district) have received various sentences from the Regional Court in Prague. The harshest punishment was handed down against Vojtěch Vyhnánek, who threw a lit torch through the window of the family's home. The court sentenced him to four years without parole for racially motivated attempted grievous bodily harm. At the time of the attack there were five adults and four children in the home.  full story

Czech anarchist, advocate of Romani people's rights, has passed away

Prague, 26.9.2012 15:48, (ROMEA) Political scientist Ondřej Slačálek has informed the Czech Press Agency that the famous Czech anarchist and defender of the rights of Romani people, Jakub Polák, passed away yesterday. The activist succumbed to cancer just after turning 60. In the months before his death he was engaged in the case of the evictions of people living in the buildings on Přednádraží street in Ostrava-Přívoz.  full story

Czech Republic: Antigypsyist con artist tries running for office again

Prague, 26.9.2012 7:14, (ROMEA) The infamous con artist Václav Prokůpek disappeared from public life for a while, but is now back in all his glory, having just enjoyed a brief stint as the lead candidate in the upcoming regional elections for the Association of the Unaffiliated (Sdružení nestraníků - SN) in the Plzeň Region. This is not Prokůpek's first bid for office. He began as the boss of the neo-Nazi Workers' Party (Dělnická strana - DS) in the Plzeň Region and became the lead candidate for its successor party, the Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS) in the 2010 elections to the lower house in the Olomouc Region.  full story

Czech Republic: Dysentery on the rise in Ostrava's residential hotels

Ostrava, 22.9.2012 21:21, (ROMEA) News server iDNES.cz reported on Thursday, 20 September that an epidemic of bacillary dysentery has swamped several residential hotels in Ostrava. Last Tuesday public health officials had recorded 21 cases particularly among Romani children, rising to 31 cases by Wednesday. The mayor of the Svinov municipality is angry and says she only learned of the epidemic at a very late stage.  full story

Czech Police prevent prearranged street brawl from taking place

Most, 21.9.2012 23:09, (ROMEA) n Tuesday evening, police in the town of Most prevented street fighting between right-wing extremist ethnic Czechs and Romani people. Members of the two groups had allegedly agreed to meet up and settle their differences through violence. News server iDNES.cz reports that for the time being, police are ruling out racial motivation for the incident.  full story

Czech Education Ministry to support equal opportunities in education

Prague, 21.9.2012 22:37, (ROMEA) Yesterday a panel discussion took place in the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague on the questions of ensuring equal access to education for children in the Czech Republic and the situation of Romani children being disproportionately represented in the "special schools". Czech Radio reports that Klára Laurenčíková, chair of the Czech Professional Society for Inclusive Education (Česká odborná společnost pro inkluzivní vzdělávání) participated in the discussion; the society acknowledges that not every child in the Czech Republic does enjoy equal access to education in practice.  full story

Czech Republic: Neo-Nazi recidivist behind "anti-crime" demonstration

Dobromilice, 21.9.2012 17:17, (ROMEA) The "anti-crime" march that took place last Saturday in the town of Dřevnovice in Prostějov district with the participation of right-wing extremists has raised tensions between some people in the majority society and some in the Romani community in the nearby town of Dobromilice, where a similar event is rumored to be in the works for tomorrow. Police have not confirmed that information. No assembly has been officially announced to the authorities in Dobromilice.  full story

Czech Republic: Romani ghetto residents fear their children will be institutionalized

Ostrava, 21.9.2012 0:01, (ROMEA) Residents in the ghetto on Přednádraží street in Ostrava are concerned that social workers will institutionalize their children because of the unsuitable conditions in which they are now living there. Social workers have allegedly threatened to do so if the families do not move out of the buildings which the Building Works Authority has called hazardous to human life, according to activist Kumar Vishwanathan, who is helping the local residents. The central Municipal Department of Moravská Ostrava and Přívoz, however, rejects the allegation that it has placed any kind of pressure on the residents.  full story

Czech regional governor candidate: Integration only succeeds based on partnership

Karlovy Vary / Prague, 20.9.2012 23:04, (ROMEA) This article continues our series of question and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections for Regional Authorities in the Czech Republic. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

Czech mayor: Repression alone doesn't work, but community service will help

Hrádek nad Nisou / Prague, 20.9.2012 21:37, (ROMEA) This article continues our series of question and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections for Regional Authorities in the Czech Republic. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

Czech town wants NGO aiding Romani people to move, NGO suspects retaliation

Ostrava, 20.9.2012 19:48, (ROMEA) The Municipal Department of Moravská Ostrava and Přívoz has ceased cooperating with the Life Together (Vzájemné soužití) civic association, specifically with its chair, Kumar Vishwanathan. The most likely reason for their decision is Vishwanathan's engagement in exposing the scandal around the ghetto on Přednádraží street. The municipal council has terminated its current leases with Life Together for two non-residential spaces, one used as the headquarters for the group's main office and the other used as its legal and social counseling center.  full story

Romani pupils who are not intellectually disabled do not belong in "special" schools

Prague, 20.9.2012 18:26, (ROMEA) Many intellectually healthy Romani children in the Czech Republic are still being enrolled into the "practical primary schools" intended for children who are "lightly mentally disabled". Five years ago, a European Court for Human Rights judgment was handed down in Strasbourg which established that such procedures mean Romani children are being discriminated against in their access to education in the Czech Republic. "The objective fact that [Romani children] are not prepared for school has been confused with mental disability," Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner Monika Šimůnková said today during a panel discussion reported on by news server Aktuálně.cz.  full story

Final suspect in last year's "machete attack" in Czech Republic arrested in England

Liberec, 20.9.2012 17:52, (ROMEA) Police in England have apprehended the final suspect involved in a brawl last year in Nový Bor that was labeled the "machete attack" in the Czech media. The Regional Court in Liberec remanded 20-year old Jakub Žiga into custody today. State Prosecutor Radim Kadlček informed the Czech Press Agency of the arrest.  full story

Czech Republic: Dysentery spreads in Ostrava, mainly among residential hotel residents

Ostrava, 19.9.2012 23:41, (ROMEA) Approximately 20 patients with acute diarrhea have recently been hospitalized in the Infectious Diseases Ward of the Ostrava Teaching Hospital in the Czech Republic. News server iDNES.cz reports the patients are predominantly Romani children and their parents residing in various parts of Ostrava. Many of them have already received confirmed diagnoses of bacillary dysentery. Public health officials say that since 16 August, 30 people have fallen ill with this acute diarrheal disease.  full story

Czech experts to discuss children's equal access to education

Prague, 19.9.2012 23:00, (ROMEA) Czech Education Minister Petr Fiala, Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner Monika Šimůnková and ombudsman Pavel Varvařovský will jointly convene a panel discussion to aid in eliminating discrimination against children and creating an education system to ensure their equal access to education. The discussion will take place tomorrow, 20 September 2012, in the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague and is entitled "Children's Equal Access to Education". The panel will follow up on the results of the research into the ethnic composition of pupils attending the former "special" schools which was performed by the ombudsman during the first half of this year.  full story

Czech Republic: Power cut to ghetto, Romani residents plan temporary move

Ostrava, 19.9.2012 17:53, (ROMEA) The situation in the Přednádraží locality of Ostrava is still inconclusive for the local residents. Kumar Vishwanathan, chair of the Life Together (Vzájemné soužití) civic association, which aids Romani families living on Přednádraží street, has confirmed the lack of a resolution to news server Romea.cz. The families living there are trapped in a vicious circle and have no other choice now but to move out. However, they say they want to return to the locality in the spring.  full story

Governor of Czech region: Involving Romani personalities in integration would get results

Czech Republic, 19.9.2012 2:37, (ROMEA) This article continues our series of question and answer sessions with leading candidates from various political parties and groups running in the upcoming elections for Regional Authorities in the Czech Republic. We asked the candidates for their opinions on the integration of the Romani minority and how they would achieve improvements in this area. We were primarily interested in whether they would be calling upon Romani personalities to collaborate with them, as well as in their positions on education, housing and unemployment levels among people living in socially excluded localities, Romani people included. We also asked whether they intend to achieve calmer co-existence between majority-society and minority people.  full story

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