May 17th, 1998|
The city council of Pilsen has shocked the country with its plan to
build a ghetto outside the town for what it calls "socially
The towns mayor has rejected a racial bias,
saying the ghetto would be for so called "troublemakers" of any race
who consistently refuse to pay rent, or upset neighbours by refusing
to respect noise and hygiene standards.
According to the mayor it
would be up to a court to decide whether or not such a person would
be banished to the ghetto. Politicians have expressed concern that the
ghetto would inevitably turn into a Romany settlement.
Opposition mp Pavel Dostal has urged re-socialization programs instead, reminding
the mayor that at the start of the SWW Jews were also herded into
ghettos for the so-called benefit of society.