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December 4th, 1998
In the open letter, the signatories call for the removal of the Lety Pig Farm, presently located in on the site of a former world war two concentration camp. First operational in 1942, the camp was responsible for the rape, beatings, starvation, torture and death of thousands of the Czech Roma population.

The group are angry that the present government of Milos Zeman have allegedly reneged upon a commitment made by the former premier Josef Tosovsky to remove the farm and build a fitting memorial to the victims of the Lety Concentration Camp. The government has countered with claims that the whole project would simply be too expensive.

At yesterday's launch, I asked one of the signatories the writer, Paul Polansky, about the administration's perceived reluctance to tackle the thorny issue, and what effect it could have upon outside opinion of Czech society..

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So was the government wasting a valuable opportunity to take the initiative and set an example in race realtions?

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