Neo-Nazis in the City: Time for strong affirmative actions in Czech Republic!|
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and ENAR Czech Republic are
deeply concerned by the succession of neo-Nazi demonstrations and events
taking place in Czech Republic over the last months. Ahead of a neo-Nazi
demonstration planned on 1 May in Brno, we call on the municipality of Brno
and the Czech government to take a strong stand against right-wing extremism
and blatant incitement to hatred.
Monika Bunžová, ENAR 2nd Vice-Chair from Czech Republic, said: “We are very
concerned about the growing right-wing extremism in the Czech Republic. It
reflects the current social developments with government cuts in social
spending, and reforms hitting the poorest and the most deprived. This breeds
discontent and frustration in society and leads to increasing sympathy for
extreme right ideas and simplistic solutions to complex societal issues.
Neo-Nazis identify easy targets such as the Roma and other minorities which
they blame for all the ills of our society. Confronted by such pervasive and
dangerous ideas, it is crucial today that all citizens raise their voice and
clearly say ‘NO’ to neo-Nazi rhetoric”.
Although the right of assembly is one of the basic human rights that cannot
be denied because they are used to support ideas with which we disagree,
ENAR Czech Republic highlights the fact that the aim of such demonstrations
and other similar meetings is to incite hatred and intensify negative
stereotypes of people from various ethnic backgrounds and other minorities.
ENAR and ENAR Czech Republic are therefore concerned that local and national
authorities generally do not take any action to openly and clearly condemn
these demonstrations, thereby sending the wrong signals that the ideas they
promote are acceptable, despite the fact that they pose a terrible danger
for the cohesion and the resilience of our society. On the contrary, signs
of implicit support of magistrates towards these marches have been recorded
in a number of cities.
We call upon the municipalities to adopt an active and responsible attitude
to prevent other European neo-Nazi marches in their cities.
The forthcoming march is scheduled to take place in Brno on 1 May, on the
topic of fighting “Against the invasion of foreign workers and the exodus of
our people - jobs just for Czechs and Moravians”.
In the name of the right to express peacefully but strongly personal
disapproval of hatred and intolerance, ENAR Czech Republic asks the Czech
civil society and NGOs from neighbouring countries to join its campaign and
support, by all possible means, ordinary people in refusing to allow
neo-Nazis marches through their cities.
Far right groups’ actions are becoming increasingly visible, leading to
rising numbers of cases of racist violence against minorities (especially
against Roma) in Czech Republic but also elsewhere in Europe, and Hungary in
particular. These groups also increasingly have a transnational dimension,
trying to bring together extreme right groups and parties from other EU
Further information is available at “We Don’t Want Neo-Nazis in Brno” (www.vbrneneonacistynechceme.cz) and on Facebook (Nechci,
aby Brnem pochodovali neonacisté).