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Petr Uhl doesn't believe that an infamous wall in Maticni street will be built by the end of October
07-09-1999
Radio Prague, September 7th - Petr Uhl, government representative for human rights says he cannot believe that a notorious wall in the town of Usti nad Labem which will separate a romany community from a residential area, will be ready by the end of October.

This comes after the town mayor made the announcement on Monday, adding that unless some unforeseen complications arise, the affair, which has been the focus of much media attention will soon come to an end. He added that the wall which will cost 200 000 Czech crowns, will also be locked at night. Petr Uhl expressed his outrage on Monday at this new development saying that locking the gates at night, is a restriction on freedom of movement and that he still expects the plans for the wall to be cancelled.

This wall has caused much controversy in recent months, as human rights activists and members of the Romany community have accused the town council of segregation and trying to create a ghetto. The council on the other hand, says that the romanies, do not pay rent and create plenty of disturbances in the night, causing their neighbours in the residential area to complain. The affair has reached the highest level of concern, with the Czech Parliament preparing to discuss the issue during its October session.



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