It is a vicious circle: poor education -unemployment - bad housing. Despite efforts to integrate the Roma community into Czech society, the Roma still remain on the fringe of society, unable to break free of the constraints which pre-determine their place in life. A report by the Vienna-based European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia says more effort needs to be undertaken across Europe to resolve this problem.
Vietnamese-owned grocery stores have become a feature of cities across the Czech Republic. They're cheap, stock good-quality produce, and they stay open late. And according to a report in the Czech Business Weekly, Vietnamese small traders could be about to consolidate their place on the Czech market by opening chains of grocery stores. Rob Cameron has this report.
Czech police, investigating whether an attendee at a skinhead concert near the south Bohemian town of Tabor on Saturday broke the law by doing the Hitler salute, have come under criticism from the human rights group Tolerance as well as Czech Senator Jaromir Stetina. The non-government organisation and the senator have said that police should have intervened to prevent neo-Nazis from gathering. A Tolerance representative has said that while lyrics sung at the concert were not explicitly racist, they contained a racist subtext. Around 250 skinheads attended the site on Saturday, while some 150 police were on hand monitoring. Officers reportedly intervened only occasionally to check attendees' identities but say they did not witness any breaking of the law. They were not asked, for example, by the town to step in.
For more than a year, city officials have been considering ways of improving conditions on Prague's night trams and night busses. Though popular, night trams often witness scenes of drunk and disorderly conduct. There are also many non-paying passengers, including many of the city's homeless. The city and Prague Public Transit. could now agree on a new step: to introduce night inspectors who would monitor well-used routes to try and improve conditions.
A search is on for three men who are alleged to have tortured a Vietnamese shop owner with an electric shock stun gun in Jindrichov, north Moravia on Thursday. The man was also shot by the three, who broke into his shop at around 1 am. The police said they were examining possible motives for the attack and have not ruled out the possibility it was racially motivated.
The town of Vsetin in eastern Moravia is at the centre of what is becoming a nationwide debate over housing, local politics and race relations. Mayor Jiri Cunek's decision to move several hundred Romany rent-defaulters out of a dilapidated block of flats in the town centre and relocate them, often up to 70 km away, helped him win him a seat in the Senate, but is also causing uproar.
The Czech Republic has around 30,000 registered bone marrow donors. But almost none of them can help a patient who has antigens, substances stimulating immune responses, which are uncommon in this part of the world. A new project launched by the Czech Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation now hopes to find donors among the country's Arab and Kurdish communities. At special gatherings, they are informed about bone marrow transplants and can register with an application form in Arabic.
Police arrested three members of the Vlastenecka Fronta, or Patriotic
Front, for propagating Nazism during a gathering in Prague on Saturday.
The extreme-right grouping marked the foundation of Czechoslovakia with
their traditional march from Prague's Palacky Square, named after
nineteenth century historian and politician Frantisek Palacky (often
called the Father of the Czech Nation), to Vysehrad Castle.
Five members of the extreme-right Nationalist Party, including their leader Petra Edelmannova, have also been detained. In an attempt to attract people to a gathering at Prague's Wenceslas Square on Saturday, party members distributed flyers with caricatures of Muslim figures under the caption "Let's Burn Hatred".
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