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Incitement of Hatred

Incitement of Hatred Czech neo-Nazis.

Czech far-right actively uses the problem of interethnic tension for inciting hatred in society. In June 2013, a number of Czech media representatives published information that the initiative group of 1 900 residents Duchcov filed a petition to the Government of the Czech Republic, demanding the deportation of Roma from the country, or to force them to obey its laws. The signatories claimed that their life, health and property are threatened by violence and threats that come from the Roma living with them in the neighborhood. According to the authors of the petition, the Roma, existing on benefits, which are taken from their taxes cannot adapt to a normal life in the Czech Republic, and therefore should be deported from the country.

The reason for writing this petition was an attack of Roma on a young teen Czech couple in May 2013. The petition was joined by many residents of the neighboring Litvinov, who declared it a city of “zero tolerance” towards Roma. A number of anti-Roma publications appeared in the Czech media in July 2013 after a quarrel broke out on a playground between the children of Roma and Czechs in Ceske Budejovice. Ethnic clashes between adult residents of the city occurred.

The situation in these cities was used by extremists from the neo-Nazi Workers' Party of Social Justice and the right-wing organization “Czech Lions”, who managed to lead the protest making a radical anti-Roma slogans.

Analysis of Czech media reports on Roma in 2014 indicates that an absolute majority of them (80%) was about so-called “gypsy crime” – thus reinforcing the image of Roma as criminal people. It was also revealed that media outlets often fail to verify information about “gypsy crime”, publishing false and unverified reports.

On May 25, for example, Nova TV reported that a Roma man allegedly murdered a man for stealing a sausage.

Prima TV published six anti-Roma reports in April-May 2014. On June 7, a newspaper in Budisov published an article about Roma allegedly murdering a local man, which almost caused an anti-Roma riot that was successfully prevented by police.

In 2013 double-digit growth of anti-Semitic material on the Internet was recorded. If in 2011, 26 anti-Semitic articles videos, etc. were found, in 2012 - 82, then in 2013 it was revealed there were 156 articles with anti-Semitic content. And if in 2012 the Jewish community explained the growth of anti-Semitic publications in Internet as a consequence to the response to the operation in Gaza in November 2012 and the participation of Jewish J. Fisher in the presidential election , then in 2013 nothing particular happened and the Jewish community tried to explain the increase in anti-Semitism the network this year as “the general strengthening of the influence of right-wing parties”.

On May 8th the pre-election clip of the “No to Brussels! National democracy” movement surfaced. It was of anti-Semitic character. A. Bartosz, leader of the movement, acting in the tradition of “new anti-Semitism”, tried to insist that the clip is “anti-Zionist” by nature, however it was still banned on television. Bartosz also stated that his movement opposes homosexuality and freemasonry. In August, Bartosz openly called for restrictions on residence permits for immigrants under the slogan “We don’t want Ebola on the streets of Prague”.

Deputy Mayor of Prostejov Alena Raskova (Social Democratic Party) told a local newspaper that Roma are unwilling to study and work, because they get too many social benefits and fake illnesses to receive more.

ODS party also used anti-Roma rhetoric, while TOP 09 party promoted Russophobia, which coincided with the events in Ukraine.

A popular Czech video advert for a restaurant specializing in beef steaks, which aired in December 2014, insulted many Slovaks. The protagonist of the advert was an unintelligent Slovak, and the slogan of ad was: “All cows are happy here!”. The Polish Embassy also expressed a note of protest about the advertising clip depicting the Poles as scammers. The authors of the videos in both cases accused their critics of having no sense of humour.

In the Czech Republic, there is a number of media outlets spreading interethnic discord and hostility towards foreign nationals. They disseminate slanderous information about the fact that foreigners are allegedly the main distributors of crime and viral diseases in the Czech Republic. These sites publish personal information about anti-fascists and public figures who do not share right-wing radical views.

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