Search
9.12.2019
NEWS

HISTORY

TRADITIONS, CULTURE

PERSONALITIES

USEFUL CONTACTS

PHOTOS OF THE ROMA

VARIOUS

RADIO PRAGUE










Česky English Deutsch Francais
Extremists relying increasingly on internet to whip up anti-Roma sentiments
23-08-2013 - Jan Velinger
Police in a number of Czech towns and cities are gearing up for more anti-Romany protests at the weekend. Marches by the ultra-right in troubled areas will aim to tap into growing anti-Roma sentiment. Extremists are also trying to increase anger through slanderous articles on the internet.

Photo: Jiří Čondl An article on the internet currently making the rounds among right-wing extremists hoping to spread the message of intolerance claims that Czech Romanies abuse the country’s welfare system, making off with untold thousands which non-Roma go without. Among the lies presented are that Romanies can apply and get a one-off payment of 230,000 crowns, that Romanies’ monthly rents are subsidised by municipalities, and that cities pay for school supplies. The list goes further and has reportedly gained such currency of late that the country’s Employment Office was forced to respond this week. Kateřina Beránková is the bureau’s spokesperson:

“No payments are made in cash or by cheque on the spot or in advance, family rents are not paid by any city and the whole document is really just a bunch of nonsense and lies.”

That doesn’t mean the threat shouldn’t be taken seriously: the government’s Human Rights’ Commissioner Monika Šimůnková sees the situation as serious. Here’s what she told Czech TV:

“The material is written in a fairly intelligent manner and I have to say I have been getting emails from people who are smart asking me if what was being said was true. I consider material like this as some of the most dangerous.”

Photo: Filip Jandourek Sociologist Jiřina Šiklová agrees that while extremist views have gained greater attention among some members of the broader public in recent weeks and months, she put growing public anger down to continuing economic uncertainty and the drawn-out political crisis. In her view, the frenzy will die down after elections this fall. Jiřina Šiklová:

“Right now a lot of people are frustrated with other ongoing problems. They are frustrated with politics and with the economy and this is something they want to express. But I think much of it will return to normal, for example, after the upcoming election.”

Hundreds of riot police will monitor the ultra right at the weekend, with the aim of keeping any demonstration from getting out of hand and to keep right-wing supporters from clashing with members of the Roma community.



Related articles
DateTitleFeature
06.06.2018Study indicates ethnic hate is contagiousNews
08.12.2016Project aimed at fighting hate crime acquires fresh urgency in light of migrant crisisNews
14.11.2016Romany soccer team face hatred more or less all the time, says FC Roma co-director Tomáš BojarNews
08.02.2016Far-right focus on migrants taking heat of Roma at least for now, says Czechs Against Czechs maker Tomáš KratochvílNews
25.11.2014Social Democrat leadership up in arms over local government coalition with ultra-right partyNews
25.11.2014Political commentator Jiří Pehe: Duchcov coalition could seriously damage the Social DemocratsNews
08.09.2014Lukáš Houdek, a photographer, writer and curator tackling prejudices head-onNews
20.11.2013Ministry aims to employ 1,000 new officers in troubled areasNews
07.11.2013Intelligence service report: corruption and economic problems are fuelling extremismNews
All related articles
Article
Format for printing
Send as e-mail

Also in section "News"
31.10.19  Roma children’s choir Chavorenge and members of the Czech Philharmonic to perform in UK
13.09.19  Archaeologists discover graves of Roma persecuted during WWII in Lety camp
02.06.19  Ida Kelarová and her Romany children’s choir Chavorenge
29.05.19  Two Roma activists to receive Charter 77’s František Kriegel Award
07.04.19  Romany music from the Czech Republic
13.03.19  Czech singer Věra Bílá, dubbed the Ella Fitzgerald of Gypsy music, dies days before her comeback tour
21.11.18  Roma social worker from Ostrava listed on BBC 100 Women list
12.10.18  Why are there so few Roma politicians?
17.09.18  Virtuoso pianist Tomáš Kačo: When I tell somebody I’m a Gypsy in the US, they’re excited about it
06.06.18  Study indicates ethnic hate is contagious
Archive of the section

Most popular articles
3153053   26.02.00 Some Basic Information about the Roma Population in the Czech Republic
290319   27.01.05 The 'Devouring': A look at the Romani Holocaust
184516   26.02.00 The History and Origin of the Roma
141463   26.02.02 The Language of the Roma
107706   13.06.00 The History of the Roma Minority in the Czech Republic
105260   26.02.00 The Traditional Family Life of the Czech Roma
103929   02.06.03 The Roma Holocaust
88238    World famous Roma Personalities
88174   21.02.04 Extreme right activists demonstrate for skinhead in jail
74801    Photographs by Romani Children
Copyright © Český rozhlas / Czech Radio, 1997-2019
Vinohradská 12, 120 99 Praha 2, Czech Republic
E-mail: info@romove.cz