Česky English Deutsch Francais
Czech Roma Launch International Protest
Radio Prague, May 14th - Thursday marked the start of the Roma National Congress' international protest action in Lety. More than a hundred Roma from across the country arrived in Lety, showing their solidarity at the site of the World War II concentration camp where more than 300 of their kin perished. LM has the story:

The RNC has for years been lobbying for the removal of a pig-farm from this very site, but their effort has thus far proved fruitless. The Czech government recently voted to shelve the issue, claiming it lacked the necessary 300 million to transfer the farm elsewhere. Unconvinced, the RNC has launched what they describe as an international protest action. According to RNC representative Ondrej Gina, the protest will include Romany groups in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Sweden and even as far away as the United States. Here in the Czech lands, the RNC is asking for Roma and non-Roma support, and aims at persuading tourists not to consume pork since there is a chance it may originate from the Lety pig-farm. Spokesman Ondrej Gina stated that the protest will continue until the pig-farm is no longer standing. Gina vows to set an example for Roma and non-Roma alike, and eliminate pork from his diet. It is not a question of money, he says, but rather wrongs committed against Roma.

Marta Miklusakova from the government's Human Rights office, on Thursday expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the RMC's protest in Lety, while however, holding out hope that the international community and the government of the Czech Republic will eventually address the issue.

Petr Uhl, Government Human Right's Commissioner, also expressed the view that a pork boycott is not the best route to securing the closure of the Lety farm.

The RNC action in Lety has also been linked to current domestic and international stories concerning the Czech Republic. The participation of Romany groups outside the Czech Republic and the pressure they will exert has been downplayed in connection with the Czech Republic's pork-producing rivals from the European Union. In addition, according to AGPI general manager Jan Cech, the calling of this boycott on pork is equivalent to environmentalists' calls for no energy consumption as electricity may originate from Temelin, now scheduled to be completed.

Related articles
13.09.2019Archaeologists discover graves of Roma persecuted during WWII in Lety campNews
24.11.2017Council of Europe commissioner welcomes Lety pig farm dealNews
01.08.2017Culture minister: sale of Lety pig farm is “done deal”News
26.07.2017Culture Minister says buyout of controversial pig farm at Lety only weeks awayNews
13.07.2017Archaeologists map out precise contours of Nazi-era Lety concentration campNews
26.06.2017Activists meet at Lety to keep pressure on government to remove controversial pig farmNews
08.11.2016Culture minister: Important hurdle falls on the way to a buyout of the pig-farm at LetyNews
05.09.2016ANO leader promises money for dignified memorial after insulting Roma Holocaust victimsNews
08.04.2016‘Closer’ project brings high school kids to Lety to learn about Romany culture but also history of WWII internment campNews
All related articles
Format for printing
Send as e-mail

Also in section "News"
31.10.19  Roma children’s choir Chavorenge and members of the Czech Philharmonic to perform in UK
13.09.19  Archaeologists discover graves of Roma persecuted during WWII in Lety camp
02.06.19  Ida Kelarová and her Romany children’s choir Chavorenge
29.05.19  Two Roma activists to receive Charter 77’s František Kriegel Award
07.04.19  Romany music from the Czech Republic
13.03.19  Czech singer Věra Bílá, dubbed the Ella Fitzgerald of Gypsy music, dies days before her comeback tour
21.11.18  Roma social worker from Ostrava listed on BBC 100 Women list
12.10.18  Why are there so few Roma politicians?
17.09.18  Virtuoso pianist Tomáš Kačo: When I tell somebody I’m a Gypsy in the US, they’re excited about it
06.06.18  Study indicates ethnic hate is contagious
Archive of the section

Most popular articles
3153053   26.02.00 Some Basic Information about the Roma Population in the Czech Republic
290319   27.01.05 The 'Devouring': A look at the Romani Holocaust
184516   26.02.00 The History and Origin of the Roma
141463   26.02.02 The Language of the Roma
107706   13.06.00 The History of the Roma Minority in the Czech Republic
105260   26.02.00 The Traditional Family Life of the Czech Roma
103929   02.06.03 The Roma Holocaust
88238    World famous Roma Personalities
88174   21.02.04 Extreme right activists demonstrate for skinhead in jail
74801    Photographs by Romani Children
Copyright © Český rozhlas / Czech Radio, 1997-2023
Vinohradská 12, 120 99 Praha 2, Czech Republic