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Czech Police say activist's burning of Quran was neither a crime nor a misdemeanor

3.10.2016 7:49 Martin Konvička, the college instructor who used to represent the now-defunct Bloc against Islam, did not commit a criminal act when he set pages of the Quran on fire in front of a mosque in Brno this July, according to police. The situation was investigated after Brno city councilor Svatopluk Bartík filed a crime report against Konvička.  full story

Miroslav Kováč: Longtime racist politician hands out matches during Czech elections

26.9.2016 12:49 Liana Janáčková is a former Senator and longtime Mayor of the Municipal Department of Mariánské Hory in the City of Ostrava who is primarily infamous for her blatantly extremist position toward the Romani minority, and she is running for the Senate again this year. This time around she is running for the INDEPENDENTS (NEZÁVISLÍ) movement in the Ostrava-město precinct, while at the same time, in the elections to the Regional Authority, she is heading the candidate list for that movement in the Moravian-Silesian Region.  full story

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Analysis: The phenomenon of the Alternative for Germany party

21.9.2016 16:20 Last weekend in Germany, the state of Berlin elected new representatives to the state legislature and to local municipal councils. The results of the elections once again demonstrate that the distribution of political forces in the various states is unique in each location.  full story

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videoCzech Human Rights Minister: Hatred of minorities is being exploited during elections

20.9.2016 6:56 Political populism takes many forms, but in recent weeks some Czech Government ministers have begun to abuse the topic of minorities. In the run-up to elections it is customary that thanks to more aggressive campaigns and efforts to reach potential voters, the borders of what is permissible unfortunately shift in the direction of public attacks on certain groups that frequently take place through the media.  full story

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Commentary: Schizophrenic "Barbie" running for ultra-right party claims to be shocked by backlash against her support for Romani arson victim

18.9.2016 8:20 The Czech celebrity Dominika Myslivcová is "Barbie". At least, that's the nickname given to her by the readers of Czech tabloids.  full story

Prague Pride changes website after recommending supporters vote for racist candidates

17.9.2016 15:17 The Prague Pride organization, which defends the rights of gays and lesbians and annually convenes a pride march through the center of Prague, recently conducted a survey among candidates to the Senate for this year's elections. According to how candidates responded to the three questions asked, the organization recommended members of the LGBT community vote for them.  full story

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German detectives say AfD party promotes extremism even as it places second in Merkel's home state

5.9.2016 18:01 The Berlin-based daily Tagesspiegel reports that Holger Münch, head of Germany's Federal Criminal Bureau (BKA), says the "Alternative for Germany" party (AfD) is contributing through its anti-immigration rhetoric to the bolstering of extremism throughout the country. Münch says racially motivated crime is on the rise in Germany, especially attacks on asylum-seeker accommodation.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani members of LEV 21 party disapprove of it partnering with ultra-right in fall elections

27.5.2016 22:28 On 25 May, the National Socialists-LEV 21 party announced it would be holding a press conference to announce its collaboration with the Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS), an idea that was first announced during the 1 May demonstration by the DSSS in Ústí nad Labem this year. In addition to Petr Benda, a former MP and former chair of the North Bohemian cell of the Czech Social Democratic Party, who is currently vice-chair, Tomáš Vandas, the chair of the extremist DSSS, was scheduled to attend the press conference.  full story

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Czech Republic should consider Nazi electoral gains in Slovakia a warning

7.3.2016 22:12 The election results in Slovakia this past weekend have sparked a great deal of response beyond the country's borders and have been commented on by Czech politicians and by Czech and international media. The elections overall were won by the Social Democratic party of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Směr–SD, but compared to the elections four years ago, that party has suffered significant losses in terms of its share of the electorate, and has lost its majority in the unicameral legislature.  full story

Vlastimil Pechanec, convicted of the racist murder of a Romani man, Otto Absolon, in Svitavy, was photographed on 17 November 2014 at a neo-Nazi demonstration in Brno. (PHOTO:  Romea.cz)

Czech Republic: Racist murderer of Romani man is ultra-right's candidate in regional elections

17.2.2016 18:59 Vlastimil Pechanec, who was convicted in 2003 of racially-motivated murder, will run in the Czech Republic's regional elections this autumn as a candidate for the Worker's Social Justice Party (Dělnická stranu sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS). Pechanec, who was characterized during his trial by expert witnesses as a recidivist whom it would be hard to reform, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the racist murder of a Romani man, Otto Absolon, in the town of Svitavy, and was then released on parole after serving 12 years of that sentence.  full story

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Austria: Not even refugee crisis could bring the ultra-right full victory, SocDems still rule Vienna

13.10.2015 5:07 The Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) has won 39.4 % of the vote over its competitors, the ultra-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), and has therefore won the regional elections in Vienna. The FPÖ won 32.1 % of the vote, 6.4 % more than in 2010.  full story

Two injured as Czech police, far-right radicals clash in Litvinov

Litvínov/Janov, 19.10.2008 9:40, (ROMEA) Two people, a policeman and a demonstrator, were injured when the police and far-right extremists clashed during the latter's rally in Litvinov today, and another six people have been detained as weapons were found in their cars, local police have told CTK.  full story

Anti-Romany slogans sprayed in Czech town ahead of elections

Litvínov, 12.10.2008 19:49, (ROMEA) An unknown perpetrator sprayed signs threatening Romanies with murder on two houses in Litvinov ahead of the regional elections starting on Friday, local police spokeswoman Alena Bartosova told CTK today.  full story

Czech governor's campaign unfortunate,encourages extremists

Usti nad Labem, 3.10.2008 16:32, (ROMEA) The use by Jiri Sulc (Civic Democrats, ODS), governor of the Usti nad Labem region, north Bohemia, of an ethnic-tinged slogan within his election campaign is unfortunate, as it is likely to encourage radical nationalists in their lash outs at Romanies, the daily Hospodarske noviny writes today.  full story

Czech police check governor's suspected anti-Romany move

Usti nad Labem, 30.9.2008 11:08, (ROMEA) The Czech police are enquiring into the mega billboards that Jiri Sulc (Civic Democrats, ODS) has had installed in towns of the Ustecky region ahead of the regional polls and that some suspect of being racist, the daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes today.  full story

Anti-Roma campaign in Ústi region being led by ODS

Usti nad Labem, 28.9.2008 19:27, (ROMEA) The anti-Roma campaign introduced by a large banner reading „Makejte gádžové, ať se máme líp" ("Gadjos, get to work so we can be better off") is being led by the regional ODS party in Ústí . In an interview for the daily Ústecký Deník, Regional Governor Jiří Šulc, up for re-election as head of the ODS candidate list, confirmed this. The banner first turned up on the "Palác Zdar" building, which is under reconstruction in Ústí nad Labem, and then was hung on a building in Litvínov.  full story

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