If you've been following events in the Czech Republic more
closely, you'll know of the controversy around the pig farm at
Lety. It's not the farm itself, but the place where it is located,
namely on the site of a concentration camp, where Roma people were
jailed and hundreds of them died during World War 2. The pig farm
has been an eye sore and source of much criticism for some time.
The previous cabinet of Josef Tosovsky tried in vain to do away
with it. And the issue is still open.
Some one hundred Czech and
foreign personalities, including Simon Wiesenthal, signed an open
letter to premier Milos Zeman last week calling on his cabinet to
do away with the farm.
Numerous politicians have voiced the same
opinion. But now a dissonant note has made itself heard, and from
a rather unexpected source.
The Association of Previous Political
Prisoners has voiced its opinion that the whole issue is nonsense.
In its open letter signed by its chairman Stanislav Stransky the
association draws attention to the fact that the cemetery where
the hundreds of Roma concentration camp victims are buried lies a
bit further, away from the pig farm and a small monument has been
All that needs to be done is to separate the farm
from the graves with some trees, for example, and nothing stands
in the way of building a more representative memorial there, at
the site of the graves.
The only result of the farm being closed
down, the former political prisoners say, would be an increase in
the local unemployment rate