The south Bohemian city of České Budějovice was racked by more racial unrest on Saturday. Police were out in force across the city, fencing off a a demonstration of some 400 far-right protesters from a Roma gathering at the Maj housing community.Despite numerous skirmishes between police and far-right protesters no serious injuries have been reported. Special security measures remain in place and citizens have been asked to keep off the streets.
The city of České Budějovice in South Bohemia is bracing for more violent anti-Roma protests this weekend, and police fear they could attract neo-Nazi skinheads from both the Czech Republic and abroad. Last Saturday an anti-Romany demonstration was followed by an unannounced march to the local Máj housing estate, home to about 350 Romanies. Around a dozen people were injured as marchers clashed with riot police.
The Vietnamese and Belorussian communities in the Czech Republic will have their own representatives on the government’s Council for National Minorities, the outgoing coalition agreed on Wednesday. The news was released by the human rights commissioner Monika Šimůnková. Until now, representatives of both communities took part as guest attendees. Adam Kalita, of the NGO Pahonia, will represent the Belorussians, while Huu Uyen Pham, of the NGO Van Lang, will represent the Vietnamese community. The new members will be able to help form legislation regarding minorities. Until now 12 minorities were represented: Bulgarian, Croatian, Hungarian, German, Polish, Roma, Ruthenian, Russian, Greek, Slovak, Serbian, and Ukrainian.
A small demonstration in the center of the biggest south Bohemian city, České Budějovice, on Saturday turned into an unruly xenophobic march to a neighborhood with a dense Roma population. It took many hours before the police, using smoke grenades and tear gas, were able to disperse hundreds of extremists who threw bottles and stones, lit up garbage containers, and chanted racist slogans. Thirty-nine people were detained.
Thirty-nine people were detained a 10 treated for minor injuries after a group of a few hundred extremists clashed with police in the south Bohemia city of České Budejovice on Saturday evening. The protesters, who were chanting racists slogans, separated from a permitted gathering in the center of the city and headed to the Máj neighborhood on the outskirts of the city, where some 200 Roma residents were holding a sanctioned meeting. The police used tear gas and smoke grenades in an attempt to prevent extremist protesters from getting to buildings with a large concentration of Romani residents and to prevent a direct confrontation between the two groups. At least three police officers were injured. The protest was triggered by an altercation between five women that took place in Máj last Friday.
A few hundred protesters clashed with police in the south Bohemia city of České Budejovice on Saturday afternoon, news server iDnes reported. The protesters, who were chanting racists slogans, separated from a permitted gathering in the center of town and headed to the Máj neighborhood on the outskirts of the city, where some 200 Roma residents were holding a sanctioned meeting. The police have so far been able to keep the two groups away from each other, as members of the first group began throwing bottles and stones at the Romanies. Pepper spray and smoke grenades were used in an attempt to prevent a direct confrontation between the two groups. At least one police officer has been injured. Both gatherings were triggered by a fight that took place between five women in Máj last Friday. Some blamed the local Roma population for not intervening in the fight. On Saturday, a group of local Romani residents gathered to express their desire for better policing in the area, while demonstrators in the center of the city called for the end of violence from the local Romanies.
Police have charged three people with assault and disorderly conduct in connection to violent developments in Duchcov in the Teplice area on Saturday that followed an extremist demonstration. Another eight people were charged with misdemeanours. In the incident, right-wing extremists tried to break through a police line, throwing stones and bottles. The riot police used tear gas and a water cannon in response. A police spokeswoman revealed that eleven officers were injured; none of the officers had to be hospitalised.
Twenty-two people were detained at an anti-Roma demonstration held by right-wing extremists in Duchcov on Saturday, where attendees clashed with riot police. Initial reports had stated a lower number. During the clash, stones and bottles were thrown and police used tear gas and a water cannon to break up the crowd. One of the officers went down in the fighting and had to be rescued by colleagues. Five people, including two officers, were injured. The demonstration was organised by the ultra right-wing Workers Party for Social Justice; the clash broke out when extremists tried to cross a police line separating them from Romanies and their supporters who had come out to protest.
Riot police clashed with right-wing extremists during a demonstration in Duchcov in the Teplice area on Saturday. Stones and bottles were thrown and police used tear gas and a water cannon. One of the officers went down in the clash and had to be rescued by colleagues. Five people, including two officers, were injured. Also among the injured was a photographer who was struck in the head.The demonstration was organised by the ultra right-wing Workers Party for Social Justice. Nine people were detained and 34 weapons - mostly baseball bats - were confiscated.
A court in Ostrava on Friday sentenced a 39-year-old man to ten years in prison for killing a Romany man with a crossbow. The killing occurred in the north-eastern town of Chotěbuz last April when four Romany men searched for scrap metal outside the convicted man’s house. The man said he though they were thieves; he told them to leave and fired a bolt at them as they were getting in the car, hitting one of them in the head. The man later died in hospital. The court rejected the man’s claim he acted in self-defence and said the attacker was aware he could inflict severe injuries.
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