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Czech Republic officials crack down on anti-Roma right-wingers

The Sydney News.Net Sunday 25th August, 2013

Far-right activists have been arrested in the Czech Republic over anti-Roma protests.


About 500 far-right wingers marched through Czech cities on Saturday, expressing discrimination against the Roma community.

During the marches stones were thrown at police who responded with tear gas. At least 75 arrests were made.

In the city of Plzen, marchers left the approved route and tried to reach areas with large Roma populations, causing police to react with tear gas and batons.

Some people who had organised counter-demonstrations also entered the fray, pelting police with stones.

Human rights activists staged counter-demonstrations in several cities including the capital Prague.

The Roma are poorly regarded by many people in Czech society with Roma leaders often complaining of discrimination.

Amnesty International has warned that anti-Roma feeling in the Czech republic is getting worse, with entrenched discrimination against Roma reaching new heights.

The Czech Republic has a Roma population estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000.

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