Cunek apologies over Romany comments|
Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek has apologised for remarks he made about
Romanies. But, speaking on a TV debate programme, he also said Romanies
who were offended by his comments had not understood what he was trying to
say. Asked last week by a newspaper whether other people should receive
state subsidies like Romanies, Mr Cunek said non-Roma would need to get a
suntan, 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.