Antigypsyist hoax returns to Czech Internet alleging that Roma get free public transportation

Hoaxes, unfortunately, return to the Czech Internet on a cyclical basis, and one example is a current hoax alleging that the town of Jablonec nad Nisou, in association with the public transportation companies in Jablonec nad Nisou and Liberec, has supposedly introduced a new type of public transportation ticket just for Romani commuters from the Zelené Údolí area. Despite this hoax being very old, it is making the rounds on social media again and sparking agitation.

A social worker from Jablonec nad Nisou proposed that safe transportation to school during the winter months should be provided to children from the socially excluded locality in Zelené Údolí, which is 1.5 kilometers away from the town center and predominantly inhabited by Romani people.

Local children walk to school along a busy category 1 road that has no sidewalk and is almost impassable during the winter. The only opportunity for them to safely commute, therefore, is to take the tram.

The idea to support the children living in Zelené Údolí with their commute to school was approved by the board of the transport company 2011 a pilot project to the parents of these children that were solely valid for use on the tram into the center of town and back. Instead of paying EUR 44 for the three-month passes, residents of Zelené Údolí paid just EUR 10.

 

Link: http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/antigypsyist-hoax-returns-to-czech-internet-alleging-that-roma-get-free-public-transportation

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