Cunek's comments on Romanies xenophobic, says Topolanek|
Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek has described comments made about Romanies
by Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek as xenophobic. Speaking at a meeting
the leadership of his Civic Democrats, Mr Topolanek said the party
distanced themselves from Mr Cunek's words. Asked by a newpaper whether
other people should receive state subsidies like Romanies, Mr Cunek said
non-Roma would need to get a suntan - an allusion to the colour of
Romanies' skin - cause chaos in their families and light fires on town
squares before politicians would regard them as badly off.
Jiri Cunek rose to national prominence last year after expelling Romany
rent-defaulters from the centre of the town of Vsetin, where he was then
Mr Cunek, who is leader of the Christian Democrats and regional
development minister, is currently under police investigation for alleged
bribe-taking when he was mayor of Vsetin. He has resisted calls to resign
from the government.