A dreaded public meeting of promoters of the ultra-right, scheduled for this Saturday in a Czech town which has been living in an atmosphere of heightened tensions for the past few months due to friction between majority-society residents and some local members of the Roma minority, will probably take place. DSSS party chair Tomáš Vandas has refused Mayor Pavel Louda’s request that the party not hold its event in Nový Bydžov.
The Czech Press Agency is reporting that the Romani language is not being taught in the Czech schools and that the Roma themselves have no interest in it. Those are the results of a survey the agency conducted among experts on Roma issues.
For more than two years now, the only persons to have been punished by the courts in connection with the Litvínov events in 2008 are two Roma individuals, for committing hate speech against “whites”.
Speaking in the town of Nový Bydžov Thursday, Interior Minister Radek John promised to beef up the police force there in the event of further security problems and said the town’s plan to hire a private security agency was the wrong approach.
Pavel Louda (ODS), the mayor of Nový Bydžov, says the town hall will be bringing in a private security agency to address an increase in crime and physical assaults being committed by Roma there.
A poll conducted by the STEM agency for the Czech Interior Ministry reports that roughly 6% of Czechs agree with most of the ideology of the ultra-right and would be willing to actively support extreme right-wing efforts by participating in demonstrations or other events.
During his brief time in office, Czech Education Minister Josef Dobeš has managed to destroy the ministry’s Department for Social Programs in Schooling.
A number of Czech “special schools” have been educating healthy children in a programme for children with light mental disability, said the school inspection authority Tuesday, adding the schools defrauded the state of CZK 7.5 million in higher per capita subsidies provided for special needs children.
Wednesday cabinet spokesperson Martin Kupka informed the Czech Press Agency that Czech PM Petr Nečas had accepted the resignation of Czech Human Rights Commissioner Michael Kocáb, who would be leaving office on 15 September. Kocáb has now rejected reports of his resignation, saying they must be based on a misunderstanding which he must now clear up with Nečas.
The media in the Czech Republic have undergone significant development in the area of reporting on discrimination and extremism, German commentator and journalist living in Prague, Markus Pape, wrote.