Czech news server Aktuálně.cz reports that the candidacy of Muy Thai boxer Ondřej Hutník in the regional elections on behalf of the ultranationalist Tricolor movement is currently being promoted by the leader of that movement, Václav Klaus, Jr. On the same day Hutník’s photograph was promoted by the Facebook page of Tricolor, the establisher of the neo-Nazi “National Resistance” (Národní odpor – NO) movement, Filip Vávra, also released a new music video.
The art exhibition “BíLá Místa” (“White Spaces”) is opening today at Galerie Hraničář in Ústí nad Labem – the letters “BLM” standing for “Black Lives Matter” have been capitalized in the name of the exhibition.
The demolition of the former industrial pig farm in Lety u Písku that stands on the site of a Protectorate-era concentration camp for Romani people has been delayed by one year. The deadline for completing the new Memorial to the Holocaust of the Roma and Sinti that is meant to be created at the site will not, however, be affected by the delay.
A new Center for the Roma and Sinti is going to be established in Prague. The Museum of Romani Culture is building the facility in the Dejvice neighborhood, where it will be housed in a First Republic-era villa.
Czech Television has reported that thousands of Czech citizens living in Great Britain are at risk of not managing to apply for settled status after Brexit – mainly Romani people. Failure to do so means they will have to return to the Czech Republic.
The Czech Police have charged a 41-year-old man with extremism because of a racist article he authored about a tragic blaze in the town of Bohumín and other pieces published on the Vlastenecké noviny (“Patriotic News”) server. They announced the charges on Twitter.
Czech Government Human Rights Commissioner Helena Válková, speaking Sunday during the commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku, expressed support for the request of Romani people in the Czech Republic to establish the position of a Czech Government Commissioner for the Romani Minority during a speech in which, among other matters, she reminded the public that currently a new Roma Integration Strategy for 2021-2030 is being drafted.
Former Czech Public Defender of Rights Anna Šabatová announced last week she is running for the Senate from the Brno-město precinct (no. 60) this autumn as an independent. Her candidacy is supported by the Greens, the Idealists and the Senator 21 movement.
Facebook has threatened to close the pages of the SPD movement in the Czech Republic and those of its chair, Tomio Okamura, and Vice-Chair Radim Fiala. The SPD announced the news on 14 July and said the social media company referenced alleged violations of their rules for using the platform as the reason. Representatives of SPD reject the allegations and say that if their pages are closed down they plan to defend themselves in court.
The question has been raised recently of whether racism in relation to Romani people is a problem in the Czech Republic. According to the Czech Public Defender of Rights, Stanislav Křeček, discrimination against Romani people here is just a “marginal” problem.