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01-03-2014 16:03 Till Janzer
Mit einem Happening haben rund 200 Menschen in Plzeň / Pilsen gegen einen Aufmarsch von Rechtsradikalen protestiert. Die Veranstaltung richtete sich vor allem gegen die Roma-feindliche Intention des Neonazi-Treffens. Man wolle zusammen mit den ansässigen Roma feiern und auf diese Art Solidarität mit ihnen zeigen, sagte einer der Veranstalter. Laut Polizeiangaben kamen am Samstagnachmittag rund 90 Rechtsradikale zusammen, die Einsatztruppen mussten angeblich nicht eingreifen.
Unter der Überschrift „Czech Republic: Counter-protesters outnumber neo-Nazis in Plzeň“ liest man folgendes:
Plzeň, 1.3.2014 20:01, (ROMEA)
Approximately 70 neo-Nazis marched through the center of the Czech city of Plzeň today. The event was announced to local officials as a march for „upholding the rights of all decent citizens of this country and protesting the financing of the anti-Czech, racist ROMEA civic association by the Government of the Czech Republic.“
About 300 counter-protesters gathered on Husovo Square, immediately adjacent to the route of the neo-Nazi march. The event took place without any larger incidents.
When the neo-Nazi march was over, police officers on Husova and Tylova Streets detained two persons suspected of the misdemeanors of disturbing the peace and failing to obey official instructions. Ivana Telekešová, Regional Police spokesperson, informed the Czech News Agency of the detentions.
Telekešová would not be more specific about the alleged offenses. „We are continuing to monitor the situation. We will gradually reduce the equipment and forces deployed depending on people’s movements,“ she said when the march was over.
Right-wing radicals shouting the slogan „Bohemia for the Czechs“ set out from the centrally-located Republika Square and marched through Františkánská Street, the Kopecký Orchards, Americká and Tylova Streets. Their aim was Emil Škoda Square across from the main entrance to the Škoda plant.
Counter-protesters were holding their own event on neighboring Husovo Square; of the roughly 200 people present, about 25 % were Romani, mainly residents of the locality. Another protest „happening“ had been scheduled for in front of the Museum of West Bohemia, near the city center, but did not ultimately take place.
„This action is protesting against the march by the neo-Nazis through Plzeň. Instead of doing what Czechs usually do – packing up and leaving town – we prefer to gather, to play music, to sing, to dance and to have a good time. We will not let them intimidate us,“ said Lukáš Bartoň, organizer of the counter-protest, who believes the neo-Nazis intentionally planned their march to head for Husovo Square because a large Romani community lives in the neighborhood. „That’s why we have organized this here, so [the Roma] could have a good time with us here and not succumb to this intimidation,“ Bartoň said.
Hundreds of police were deployed in the streets, including reinforcements from Prague. A police helicopter flew over the city and canine units, heavy technology, and riot units were also ready to deploy.
Unter der Überschrift „Czech Republic: Simultaneous neo-Nazi demos in Ostrava and Plzeň“ liest man dies:
Ostrava/Plzeň, 1.3.2014 19:14, (ROMEA)
Today approximately 70 neo-Nazis passed through Plzeň during an event announced as a march to uphold the rights of all „decent citizens“ of the Czech Republic and to protest the ROMEA organization. The neo-Nazis set out at 14:45 from Republika Square and marched down Františkánská, Martinská, Americká and Tylova Streets to Emil Škoda Square.
Approximately 300 people counter-protested the neo-Nazis on Husovo Square in Plzeň. Another anti-Romani demonstration was also convened at 14:00 in the city of Ostrava by extremists from the Czech Lions („Čeští lvi“) group.
News server Romea.cz followed both demonstrations and reported on them online in real time:
The situation in Plzeň is calm, the neo-Nazis did not succeed in provoking any clashes with counter-protesters. News server Romea.cz will report more information in a follow-up article.
In Ostrava the neo-Nazis have suffered a big debacle and things are already calm. Only 20 neo-Nazis turned out for the demonstration there. A speech by Pavel Sládek Matějný was whistled down by approximately 50 Romani counter-protesters.
Some of the neo-Nazis have headed back to Husovo Square in Plzeň, where approximately 300 people are demonstrating against them. A large number of the counter-protesters are Romani.
The neo-Nazis have arrived at Emil Škoda Square in Plzeň and ended their demonstration against Romani people and the ROMEA organization. They are not hiding their disappointment at the small turnout for their event.
Police have intervened just behind Husovo Square in Plzeň. One neo-Nazi ended up on the ground after the intervention.
The neo-Nazis are continuing their march down Tylova Street. „With the exception of some petty verbal incidents, nothing has happened yet,“ our correspondent reports from the scene.
The neo-Nazi parade has stopped near Husovo Square in Plzeň, where about 300 counter-protesters holding banners reading „Shaved heads are bad luck“, „Good Night White Pride“ and other slogans are loudly whistling down the neo-Nazis. „Virtually, we had 500 people posting to Facebook that they would join us. This action is protesting against the march by the neo-Nazis through Plzeň. Instead of doing what Czechs usually do – packing up and leaving town – we prefer to gather, to play music, to sing, to dance and to have a good time. We will not let them intimidate us,“ said Lukáš Bartoň, organizer of the counter-protest, who believes the neo-Nazis intentionally planned their march to head for Husovo Square because a large Romani community lives in the neighborhood. „That’s why we have organized this here, so [the Roma] could have a good time with us here and not succumb to this intimidation,“ Bartoň said.
About 70 neo-Nazis have set out on their march through Plzeň. They are chanting slogans such as „Bohemia for the Czechs“, „We don’t want multi-culti“, „Gypsies get to work“, etc.
About 50 Romani people have turned out to counter-protest the neo-Nazi demonstration in Ostrava. The online edition of the Czech Police’s weekly Týdeník Policie publication reports that a police source says an anti-conflict team has calmed the situation there.
The organization of the neo-Nazi march in Plzeň is floundering. The right-wing extremists do not have megaphones with them and again have a problem with how the Czech flag is supposed to be held. A brief speech made by a neo-Nazi inveighs against foreigners and the ROMEA organization.
Activists are distributing „history fliers“ to the neo-Nazis in Plzeň.
The online edition of the daily Plzeňský deník reports that Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, the former governor of the Plzeň Region, is also in Plzeň today.
There are about 30 neo-Nazis in Plzeň and around 20 locals have turned out to support them.
The route of the neo-Nazi march in Plzeň has been decorated with anti-racist messages.
There are about 20 neo-Nazis in Ostrava on Svatopluk Čech Square where the „Czech Lions“ announced their anti-Romani demonstration would take place.
There are about 15 right-wing extremists on the square in Plzeň where the neo-Nazis are scheduled to gather at 14:00.
Mayor of Plzeň Martin Baxa has issued a clear statement against the neo-Nazi provocation. „On the basis of our experiences with previous similar marches, it is my opinion that this one has no aim other than to show hatred for those who are different, to divide citizens against one another, and to dangerously and stupidly create division in society. Personally I disagree in principle with this march and the tack it is taking,“ the mayor said.
All is still calm in Plzeň. „Officers are visible on the streets but we haven’t seen any Nazis yet,“ our correspondent reports from the scene.
Counter-protesters will be responding to the right-wing extremist event in Plzeň. A „happening“ is scheduled to take place in front of the Museum of West Bohemia, and an assembly is also scheduled on Husovo Square, immediately adjacent to the planned route of the neo-Nazi march.
Police are monitoring the situation in Plzeň. Hundreds are deployed in the streets including reinforcements from Prague. A helicopter is scheduled to patrol the city from above and canine units, heavy technology, and riot units will also be ready to deploy.
Plzeň, 28.2.2014 21:20, (ROMEA)
„Change for Plzeň“ (Změna pro Plzeň) will participate in Saturday’s civil „Happening for a Society without Prejudice“, as it considers it a moral norm characteristic of a mature democracy for a political party to express a clear position against destabilizing tendencies in society. News server Romea.cz publishes the party’s statement on tomorrow’s march by right-wing extremists in full translation below:
Statement of „Change for Plzeň“ on Saturday’s march by right-wing extremists
„Change for Plzeň“ will participate in Saturday’s civil „Happening for a Society without Prejudice“, as it considers it a moral norm characteristic of a mature democracy for a political party to express a clear position against destabilizing tendencies in society. „Change for Plzeň“ is therefore joining the activities of the „Plzeň against Racism“ and „We Don’t Want Nazis in Plzeň“ initiatives.
„Change for Plzeň“ rejects all manifestations of discrimination or racism and sees tomorrow’s march as one of these. The party advocates equality and non-violent solutions for all social problems.
„Change for Plzeň“ sees such solutions as being targeted work with communities or constructive dialogue with all parties to any dispute. The party promotes the path of active civic engagement, in which citizens actively participate in the running of the state and the writing of the laws, and therefore naturally cannot tolerate or remain passively indifferent to any attempts, through either covert or overt tendencies, to destabilize our common solidarity.
We consider the activities of the ROMEA civic association to be a beneficial way to increase Romani ethnic identity, which will lead to more direct participation in the common life of the Czech Republic. The vague concept of „decent citizens“ and the mendacious charges that this civic association is racist cannot be acknowledged as the real reason for tomorrow’s protest assembly by these crypto-Fascist, neo-Nazi groups who intend to suppress human rights and freedoms, and our conscience demands that we not ignore it.
On Saturday 1 March at 14:00 a march by right-wing radicals through the center of Plzeň has been scheduled. Mayor Martin Baxa has issued a statement about this event which news server Romea.cz publishes below in full translation:
Statement by Mayor Baxa
Dear Residents of Plzeň,
This Saturday a march has been announced which is described by its convener as being held „to uphold the rights of all decent citizens of this country and to protest the financing of the anti-Czech, racist Romea civic association by the Government of the Czech Republic.“ On the basis of our experiences with previous similar marches, it is my opinion that this one has no aim other than to show hatred for those who are different, to divide citizens against one another, and to dangerously and stupidly create division in society.
Personally I disagree in principle with this march and the tack it is taking. I care about our city and I would like it to be an open, peaceful, safe, home, where everyone who lives here shares a sense of solidarity with one another.
I would like our city to be home to proud, self-assured citizens who reject hatred and violence. I would also like the citizens to want to live here together peacefully.
iDNES vom 1.3.2014 19:19 Uhr (tschechisch)
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