“Risk” areas to get more police patrols following rise in extremism|
The ministry of the interior is to introduce more police patrols in “risk”
areas following an increase in far-right extremism in the Czech Republic.
Interior Minister Martin Pecina made the announcement after talks with
President Václav Klaus on Wednesday. Over the last year far-right groups
have on a number of occasions marched on districts largely inhabited by
Roma, and the Czech government itself said a rise in extremism was behind an
increase in the number of Czech Roma applying for asylum in Canada. That led
Ottawa to introduce a visa requirement for Czech visitors two weeks ago.
The interior ministry will also make a second attempt to have the far-right
Workers’ Party banned; the last Czech government saw a similar bid rejected
in March by the Supreme Administrative Court, which said it had put forward
insufficient justification for the banning of the small group.