Olomouc, Czech Republic: Residential hotel in city center closing, where will the Romani tenants go next?

At the end of this month the residential hotel on Riegrova Street in Olomouc, Czech Republic will close after being home to approximately 135 people, most of them Romani, some of whom have been living there for decades. The building's owner is planning to reconstruct it and change its purpose.

The city says it is collaborating with nonprofits and other residential hotels to aid them with finding accommodation for the evicted. However, some of those who have to move now say the city isn’t doing enough to take care of the situation.

The residential hotel in the historical center of Olomouc has long been a source of complaints and problems. Local residents have complained that its occupants are noisy, get into petty scuffles, and spread garbage to the surrounding buildings.

According to some occupants of the residential hotel, however, the city is not doing enough to resolve the situation. “They want to close it down here and leave the people with children out on the street. Why doesn’t the city arrange something for those of us who have lived here our whole lives?” asked Nataša Gáborová, an occupant who spoke with public broadcaster Czech Radio and who will likely move in with her son in the city of Brno, which is 80 kilometers away in a different administrative region.


Dehran Muratov "Civil": Nationalist narratives: Instead of heroes, the Roma of Karpalak died to "buy horses"

Stereotypes and prejudices about the Roma are still alive in the Macedonian media. One of those examples is the case of "homeless Roma burned the bridge at East Gate".

Part of the Macedonian media published "news" that in the village of Karpalak on the Tetovo-Skopje highway, Erdovan Shabanoski and Vebi Rushitoski were among the ten dead defenders from Prilepsko who were killed in an ambush in the armed conflict in 2001. However, unlike the fallen Macedonians who heroically gave their lives for Macedonia, the two Roma from Prilep actually gave their lives to "buy horses and haul wood from the mountains".

There is no author(s) of this "heartbreaking" - basically - nationalist statement, that Erdovan and Vebi did not give their lives for the country, but to buy horses! This "news" was published last year, but some media republished it this year as well.

"Erdovan, together with his brother-in-law Vebi Rushitoski, decided to register for the mobilization. With the money, they wanted to buy horses and start working in the forest, hauling firewood up the mountain and thus ensure their livelihood", reads the announcement of several Macedonian media.

Stereotypes and prejudices about the Roma are still alive in the Macedonian media

On May 16, TV Thelma's website published a news story with the title: "Did homeless Roma set fire to the bridge at East Gate?", despite the fact that at that time there was no official information on what caused the fire.

This news has been corrected by TV Thelma and if you search their website or google today you will find a news headline: "Group of homeless people set fire to the bridge at East Gate?". However, despite the corrections, the permalink still has the original title.

After almost three months, the investigation is ongoing and it has not been revealed what caused the Belasica bridge to catch fire.

As long as there are stereotypes and prejudices in the media that Roma "live under a bridge", "steal wood", "buy and mistreat horses", we will have hate speech.








Tensions between Ukrainians and Roma in the Czech Republic

Clashes between the local Roma and Ukrainian refugees are increasingly being registered in the Czech Republic. Two isolated violent incidents led to large-scale anti-Ukrainian Roma demonstrations

"Ukrainians, go home!" "This is our country!" "We demand security!" These slogans were shouted recently by hundreds of protesters on the streets of the Czech city of Pardubice. Czech Roma have protested loudly against Ukrainian refugees because they feel increasingly threatened and marginalized.

Earlier, there was a fight between two dozen Ukrainians and members of the Czech Roma minority in the city with 100,000 inhabitants in the central Czech Republic. The police arrested three men, one Roma was transferred to the hospital with a knife wound. The video footage of the knife attack went viral on social media.

The situation in the Roma community has been tense since mid-June. Then a young Roma in Brno was killed by a Ukrainian in a similar quarrel. And in that case there was a knife attack. "The attacker was a Ukrainian who was disturbed by the loud music of young Roma people on the tram," the portal reported.

Justice Minister Pawel Blazek, however, criticized the protesters for not reporting their protest to the authorities, thus violating the Law on Assemblies. "Participation in a protest and calls to come to a demonstration are illegal. The constitution and the law must apply to everyone, both the majority and the minorities," the minister said via Twitter.





Přerov, Czech Republic: Hundreds of Romani people peacefully protest outside police station, demanding investigation of assault on a little girl, police are investigating

More than 100 Romani people arrived a few days ago in front of the police station in Přerov, Czech Republic and peacefully asked officers to receive a report of a crime from the mother of a little girl who was allegedly threatened that afternoon by two other children using a knife. According to the Romani community members, the children who assaulted the little girl are from Ukraine.

According to the police spokesperson, the police have been investigating the case since yesterday afternoon. “Two or three kids assaulted the little girl and allegedly waved a knife at her. She became afraid and began shouting. Other guys who were there stood up for her and then they all began to run away,” local Romani community member Ivan Kandráč described the incident to news server The girl’s mother went to the police and wanted to file a crime report, but according to her, the policewoman who dealt with her allegedly belittled the entire situation. According to Kandráč, the communication of the police with the mother was unprofessional.


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Од 5 Ноември 2022 достапен документарниот филм на СП БТР „Небо, Точак, Земја„ на Max TV и Max TV GO со пребарување –Видеотека


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