Europe between past and future

Mar 1, 2013

Agressive behaviour of Czech Neo-Nazis: Short movie

The following is also part of our region, but better if it wouldnt be so :

Whether your destiny is glory or disgrace,
Purify yourself of hatred and love of self.
Polish your mirror; and that sublime Beauty
From the regions of mystery
Will flame out in your heart
As it did for the saints and prophets.
Then, with your heart on fire with that Splendor,
The secret of the Beloved will no longer be hidden.

About 500 right-wing extremists tried to go to an area inhabited by Roma (Gypsy) to attack them in the northern Czech town of Litvinov, but were prevented by about 1000 police/riot squad personnel. Riot police have waged a bloody battle with far-right protesters who hurled petrol bombs and stones. Some of the rioters wore masks. In the ensuing riot, lots of law enforcement personnel and 'right-wingers' were injured.

The violence broke out at a march by the far-right WORKERS' PARTY, a public holiday in the Czech Republic marking both the 1939 Nazi clamp down on Czechoslovak universities and the 1989 student protest that sparked the Velvet Revolution which ended decades of communist rule in the central European country.

The Czech Republic's largely impoverished Roma population has repeatedly complained of endemic racial discrimination. 

In the midst of the transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, the Roma have increasingly become victims of racial discrimination, stereotyping, and violence. Of all the stereotypes of the Roma, the social construct of Gypsy criminality has had the most devastating impact upon the social status of the community.

In public discourse concerning the Romani community—whether political or in the media—the issue of alleged Gypsy criminality, is often referred to as a justification for society's treatment of the Roma. Deeply rooted in the past and widely held, this stereo-type invariably shapes public opinion and state action against the Roma.

Media in several countries tend to arouse anti-Gypsy hysteria by reporting that the Roma are criminals who exploit the benefits granted to asylum-seekers in the countries to which they are migrating.

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