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Culture Minister says buyout of controversial pig farm at Lety only weeks away
The country’s culture minister, Daniel Herman, has said that the government could buy out a controversial pig farm in Lety, South Bohemia, in a matter of weeks. If completed, it would mean the removal of a farm which has been an insult to victims of the Romani genocide for decades: the farm stands largely on the site of a former labour and WWII concentration camp where Roma citizens were interned and hundreds died.

Lety pig farm, photo: archive of Radio Prague Romany organisations, human rights NGOs and activists as well as regular citizens have heard promises before but even though numerous governments pledged to remove the pig farm at Lety in the past, all came up short. The current government of the Social Democrats, ANO, and the Christian Democrats, looking to success where others had failed, reportedly began weighing options secretly at first, making the matter public only last year. Negotiations with the owner of the pig farm, AGPI, according to Czech Radio, began under former human rights minister Jiří Dienstbier and continued under his successor Jan Chvojka as well as Culture Minister Daniel Herman. The government then intensified efforts this year, knowing that only months remained on its mandate. On Wednesday, Minister Daniel Herman confirmed on Czech TV that the buyout was now weeks away.

“The situation is going ahead as planned, according to the schedule we agreed. I expect the matter will be taken care of in the next several weeks, that is, with plenty of time left in the government’s mandate. So we are confident we will see the matter resolved successfully.”

Completing the deal would pave the way at last for a proper dignified memorial at the site. At the beginning of June, Frenchman Benjamin Abtan, the head of EGAM (the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement) explained that every country needed to address past wrongs. Mr Abtan addressed the matter at a special ceremony at Lety at the start of June which was attended by activists but also by members of the government such as the Czech culture and justice ministers. Benjamin Abtan:

Daniel Herman, photo: Ondřej Tomšů “There is an important principle at stake: respect for the victims. It is important for Europe and especially the Czech Republic to address this shared history and for the Roma community today to at last have their dignity respected and for discrimination and social exclusion of Roma to end.”

More than 1,300 Roma men, women and children were held at the camp at Lety beginning in 1940: an estimated 327 of them died at the site, largely due to disease; more than 500 of those interned were transported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, from which they never returned.



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