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June 4th, 1998
04-06-1998
The mayor of Usti, who has threatened to build a wall around a troubled Romany settlement, has rejected accusations of racism. In a letter to US congressman Christopher Smith, who blasted the Czech government for allowing such practices, mayor Ladislav Hruska said the wall was not meant to separate people of different races but "decent tenants from those that are not".

Hruska has given the Romanies three months to show they can adhere to basic hygiene standards in the district, promising that if they do the money earmarked for the wall would be used to build facilities such as a children's playground.

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