Does Rising Intolerance In Czech Republic Turn Into a Fascism?
" ... there is no point in banning the Communist Party now, but 40 "red" years and 20 years of pseudo-democracy may throw the country into the clutches of neo-fascists and neo-Nazis, which would be a disaster ... Unfortunately, that is the future of this country. Rising intolerance, which is transforming into fascism thanks to primitives. In such a situation there is always some house painter, some new Hitler, to come along and the tumult begins. The country has all the elements in place for it now." - Czech actor Pavel Landovsky in the interview to News server Parlamentnilisty.cz.
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The majority is exploiting these "incidents" to replace one version of reality with another
"The events in Nový Bor and Rumburk have created an extreme situation for us. The majority is exploiting these "incidents" to replace one version of reality with another. They are doing their best to make "racist aggressors" of the Roma and "victims of Romani racial violence" out of the members of their community ... These facts are of immense significance for us. We must realize that the police investigating those charged are the police of the majority. The state prosecutors that will prosecute them work for the majority. The court that will sentence them is the court of the majority." - Ondřej Giňa. Sr, chair of Roma Association Forum (RSF) Rokycany.
Will Judge Lynch be presiding in the Bohemia of the 21st century?
"Friday's demonstration (in Rumburk) ended with no physical injuries, even though some people tried to attack a Romani residence. Thanks to the presence of the police, no one was injured. However, people are now asking themselves: What will happen once the police are no longer there? Will Judge Lynch be presiding in the Bohemia of the 21st century?" - Josef Banom, Czech-Canadian Roma activist.
Fascism for the lazy
After 40 years of communism and 20 years of pseudo democracy, people still have not learned it is hard work to create and maintain a civil society. Intolerance has been rising as a result of lack of leadership in addressing economic and social issues. The transformation to fascism is quite easy when large groups of people feel left out, and politicians ever increasingly turn to find scapegoats. In the early 90s it was only the extreme right making such allegations publicly. Today we have politicians much closer to the centre that make public announcements inciting racial hatred and violence that would have been unthinkable even in eastern Europe of the 1990s.
Laziness in analyzing the real issues. Laziness in holding journalists accountable for what they are saying. Laziness of journalists to follow up on the real issues and hold politicians accountable for their actions and for making sure there is follow up on reported corruption. Laziness of politicians to take actions for lasting change and their distinct lack of willingness to remove the possibility of using an ethnic minority as a scapegoat......they have never taken any actions in their speeches or in their policy decisions to demonstrate it is wrong to blame those who are different for the problems we face in society.
The tipping point may come soon. The masses will prefer a quick hand to come and wipe the slate clean of their perceived problems that have been festering for 20 years, unaddressed. The time is ripe for fascim in the Czech Republic.
But who will suffer the most when that happens? and what will people do when all the Romany people are gone, and their problems still exist?
Representatives of the Catholic Church do not share the ethnic tensions
Representatives of the Catholic Church working in villages in the Šluknov foothills do not share the ethnic tensions that have arisen there recently. They get along with their Romani parishioners well overall. According to Father Pavel Procházka of Šluknov, the main culprit to blame for the current unrest in the district is the poor social situation of the Romani families there: "There is enormous unemployment and Romani people must pay high rent. A couple of days after paying their bills, they don't even have enough to eat properly. The social aspect of the situation is desperate, but the Romani people themselves are not to blame."
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