Here, about 1,000 locals and far-right demonstrators gathered in Varnsdorf.
It amazes me how little attention is given to the rise of outright nazism in the Czech Republic by either the mainstream press or leftists. No one seems to give a damn. Roma communities and Roma individuals are under constant attack and faced with nazi terror, and the world in general says, "whatever."
The truth is it isn't just nazi thugs like those described in the first post below who are the problem, it is regular, everyday, Czech citizens, those ordinary local folks. BIS, the Czech intelligence service, pointed out early this year,
Anti-Romany moods in a part of the Czech society may become a more serious problem for the country's security than groups of rightist extremists, the BIS counter-intelligence service...
"If there is even a minor impulse, their everyday problems and their frustration provoked by them combined with latent anti-Gypsyism are expressed openly and result in more radical manifestations."
Social Watch concurs. The Prague Daily Monitor writes,
The report ( from Social Watch) writes about the serious problem of "attempts at pogroms" on Romanies.
It says minor or seeming conflicts can spark off the pogroms. The report highlights the case from Breclav, south Moravia, in which a 15-year-old boy was injured. He falsely claimed that he had been beaten up by Romanies.
This provoked anti-Romany demonstrations in the town that "would have turned into a pogrom if the police had not intervened," the report said.
The report also described the riots targeting Romanies in Duchcov, north Bohemia, and Ceske Budejovice, south Bohemia, this year.
Amnesty International says,
Discrimination affects Roma in all aspects of society, including housing, health care and employment. The last years have seen an upsurge in violent attacks against Roma...
“The situation is extremely tense in the Czech Republic at the moment, with far right groups rapidly gaining in influence. Many Roma families and activists we talk to fear for their safety, in particular ahead of demonstrations like those planned tomorrow,” said Dezideriu Gergely, Executive Director of the ERRC (European Roma Rights Center).
Of course, the racism goes far beyond the Czech Republic and is a fact of life across Europe today. Porrajmos or 'devouring'
"It's not just remembering what happened under Hitler, but also that we see many thousands of Roma being persecuted again by Nazis in Europe. I have been doing this for 50 years and people are sensing that there is danger again. The Roma are vilified so that the public will accept them being singled out for brutal and unfair treatment. It's disheartening to see the amount of anti-Gypsy feeling."
The first post below is from romea.cz. The second is from Ekklesia.
Dufek: "That's good, the people will finally rise up and murder them all off."