October 23rd, 1998|
The Mayor of the northern Bohemian town of Usti nad Labem has
invited President Havel for a visit to see for himself the full
truth about the ethnic situation in his municipality, which the
president criticised in a radio interview late last week.
President Havel was critical about Usti's plans to fence off an
orderly neighbourhood from tenement rows inhabited mainly by ethnic
Gypsies or Romanies.
Havel labelled Mayor Ladislav Hruska a racist and accused him of
tarnishing the international image of the Czech Republic. The
mayor has said he seeks an apology from the president and stressed
that it takes two to a dialogue, suggesting lack of good will from