The Indian comedian and actor Vir Das has complained that he and his
parents were repeatedly ignored by staff at Café Café in central Prague.
He wrote on Twitter, where he has over 7.5 million followers, that they had
tried six times to get service but the café did not "really like
serving brown people".
The comedian has since deleted the Tweet in question and said he had heard from the owner of Café Café, who apologised for the behaviour of his staff. The owner told the Czech News Agency that it had been a misunderstanding rather than a racist incident.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says he will suggest to government that the Czech Republic doesn’t sign the UN’s Global Compact for Migration, citing ambiguities in its interpretation. The decision mirrors those concluded by the Czech Republic’s central European neighbours Austria and Hungary who have already announced they will not sign the agreement.
Women in the Czech Republic earn on average 80,000 crowns less per year
than men do, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová told a
news conference convened ahead of European Equal Pay Day.
"The difference in pay for women and men is 22 percent and the second highest in the entire European Union,” she said, calling fair remuneration for women and men "a crucial economic issue".
The gap is wider in the Czech private sector than in the public sector, she said. In the EU, on average women are paid 16 percent less than men, according to Eurostat.
A Roma Pride parade planned for Prague on next Sunday’s state holiday
will take the form of a protest against statements made by President Miloš
Zeman, organisers have announced. The head of state said recently that only
10 percent of Romanies worked. The claim was condemned by politicians and
civic groups, while its falsehood was also highlighted.
Roma Pride organiser Jozef Miker said the parade would be used to stand up against Mr. Zeman’s “outrageous anti-gypsy lies” and against the spreading of hatred against Romanies. The parade will run from the square in front of Prague Castle to Old Town Square.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has criticized central European
member states for refusing to accept mandatory quotas agreed in 2015 to
take in refugees, and especially for rejecting his own proposal to at least
host unaccompanied refugee children without families.
Juncker said in an interview with the French daily Le Monde published over the weekend that their stance was "scandalous" and failed to demonstrate even "basic solidarity" with other EU states.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš last month refused to even consider taking in 50 orphans from Syria but has since softened his stance.
One lane of Prague’s Vinohradská street was closed for three hours from
midday Friday for the funeral of Jan Kočka junior, a member of the
influential Kočka family clan.
The opulent funeral attended by thousands of people took place in the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord at Jiřího z Poděbrad square in Prague.
The funeral procession then moved to Prague’s Olšany Cemetery, with the massive coffin placed in an ornate carriage drawn by three pairs of black horses.
The funeral procession severely restricted traffic, including city transport, which elicited criticism from the local authorities. Jan Kočka junior was killed in a car crash that he caused speeding two weeks ago.
Whereas in 1990 there were eight Roma MPs in the Czechoslovak Parliment, today there are none and candidates who belong to the minority have not had much success in the recent communal elections either. Although individual cases of success exist, they are extremely rare. Reasons behind the lack of Roma representation in politics include negative cononations with the minority among majority voters, a lack of popular candidates and low election participation among members of the Roma minority themselves.
The Czech Interior Ministry has proposed sending 50 million crowns in aid
to Iraq, Mali, Nigeria and Chad as part of the country’s policy of
helping countries of migrant origin.
The money is to be used to improve the countries’ infrastructure, build houses for migrants who wish to return home, clean water facilities and health care.
The projects are to be overseen by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the NGO Caritas Internationalis.
The government is to debate the proposal at its regular session on Wednesday.
The Office of President Miloš Zeman has rejected a complaint by the
European Roma Rights Centre that the Czech head of state’s recent
statements about the work ethic of Romania people was racist and undermines
Zeman said last week that while he was no fan of communism, at least under that system “the Roma were forced to work”.
In response, thousands of Romani people have posted pictures of themselves at their jobs as part of a social media campaign initiated by community member Štefan Pongo and supported by the Romea organisation.
Zeman said on Friday that he was happy to have “received photos from some of the 10 percent of Roma who work”.
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