The police have charged four men with racially-motivated attempted murder in connection with an arson attack against a Romany family in Vítkov, north Moravia. Officials announced the developments on Friday, having arrested and questioned a total of 12 individuals (nine men and three women) earlier this week. Only the four, who are in their twenties, are being held in custody. The suspects have connections to right-wing extremism and are believed to have thrown Molotov cocktails at the Romany family’s home in April – an attack which shocked the country. Three people were injured in the ensuing blaze, most seriously a two-year-old girl, who suffered severe burns to 80 percent of her body. She remains in hospital. The police on Friday said the attack was planned over a number of weeks. If found guilty of the crime the four could face up to 15 years in prison; they could also receive exemplary sentences, longer in length.
In April this year many in the Czech Republic were horrified by a petrol bomb attack on a Romany family’s home that left a two-year-old girl fighting for her life. Now, four months later, police in north Moravia have made a major breakthrough in the case, charging four men with racially motivated attempted murder.
When it comes to equal pay, the Czech Republic is floundering far below average, suggests research conducted by the University of Cambridge. A report into employment and pay in 10 European countries found that while Czech women worked in more or less the same jobs as Czech men, they were very far from enjoying the same wages. A little earlier, I spoke to the report’s author Dr Robert Blackburn to ask him about this new research:
Romany groups from central Europe have established a new umbrella organization to help fight growing extremism. The organization, named Association of Romany Civic Initiatives of Europe, was established at a Romany conference in Mělník this weekend. It currently comprises 19 groups and is chaired by Ivan Veselý, head of the Dženo group. Mr. Vesely said that Czech and Slovak Romanies had agreed to form a support network against neo-Nazis, for instance by demonstrating together in trouble-sports. He said that Czech and Slovak Romanies could also travel to Hungary to support the Roma minority there. The Mělník conference also focused on problems relating to emerging Romany ghettos, unemployment and education.
Could tens of thousands of foreign migrants be working in almost slave-like conditions in the Czech Republic? That’s the conclusion of an in-depth investigation by the newspaper Lidové Noviny, which features the story on its front page today. The paper says the global financial crisis has made it even easier for unscrupulous “agencies” to exploit thousands of workers from countries such as Ukraine, Mongolia and Vietnam – using coercion and even physical violence to enslave their victims, many of whom are deeply in debt to their traffickers. We
The family of a Romanian Roma boy who died in a Prague hospital on Monday
left the Czech capital on Tuesday evening with his body for burial at
A convoy of cars accompanied the coffin of the 17-year-old said to be the
‘prince’ of an extended Roma clan. The boy died following a drowning
accident which left him in a coma. Many members of the family and clan
to Prague to be by his bedside as he fought for his life.
Confusion surrounded the funeral preparations on Tuesday. The family at first appealed for help saying they did not have the money to pay a funeral firm to transport the body. Prague city hall offered to step in to meet their cash shortfall but that offer was turned down with the family saying they had collected enough. The costs for a funeral company to transport the body to Romania was estimated at around 90,000 crowns.
There was a sad end to the story of a Romani “prince” from Romania on Monday when the 17-year-old boy died at Prague’s Vinohrady hospital. The boy – heir to the ‘throne’ of a Romani Olach clan – spent two weeks on a life support machine after almost drowning in a lake near Prague. Czech officials seemed at a loss on how to deal with the dozens of relatives who descended on Prague to be near him, and there’s now some confusion over who will pay for his body to be returned to his homeland.
A young Romanian Roma boy who was seriously ill in hospital has died, a spokesperson for Prague’s Vinohrady Infirmary said on Monday. Around 50 of the 17-year-old’s relatives traveled from Romania to hold a vigil for him after he drowned when swimming outside of Prague two weeks ago. The boy was said to be the ‘prince’ of an extended Roma family, many members of which came to be by his bedside following the accident. His relatives were camping on private land near the River Vltava after moving out of a Prague campsite last week. Over the weekend, the municipality in which the Roma were camping – Husinec – called on the police to move the Roma on.
Police say they are not planning to heed a call from local officials in Husinec on the outskirts of Prague to evict a group of Romanian Romanies who have set up a makeshift camp there. The Romanies, who are keeping a vigil for a relative who is seriously ill in a Prague hospital, were previously camped elsewhere in the city and are now on private land with the permission of its owner. However, they have no running water or other basic facilities and the mayor of Husinec, Marie Těthalová, called on the police to expel the group by lunchtime on Sunday. She said there was no way the municipality would pay for mobile toilets or drinking water. The Romanian Romanies arrived in Prague over a week ago after a teenage relative they regard as a prince almost drowned in a lake in central Bohemia.
Local authorities in Husinec on the outskirts of Prague have asked the police to move on a group of Romanian Romanies who have made a makeshift camp there. The Romanies, who are keeping a vigil for a relative who is seriously ill in a Prague hospital, were previously camped elsewhere in the city and are now on private land with the permission of its owner. However, they have no running water or other basic facilities and the mayor of Husinec, Marie Těthalová, has called on the police to expel the group by lunchtime on Sunday. She said there was no way the municipality would pay for mobile toilets or drinking water. The Romanian Romanies arrived in Prague over a week ago after a teenage relative they regard as a prince almost drowned in a lake in central Bohemia.
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