published: 19.10.2013, 15:25 | updated: 19.10.2013 15:26:15
Ostrava - A crowd of some 300 people met at an anti-Romany demonstration in the centre of Ostrava and then set out on a march to the Privoz district inhabited by Romanies this afternoon.
The marchers are being watched by an anti-riot team and a police helicopter is flying over them.
The path of the marchers was blocked by a police anti-riot unit, but it has not yet intervened.
Bottles and firecrackers are being thrown now.
The previous far-right rally in Ostrava ended in brawls with the police.
The demonstration started at the building of the former headquarters of the OKD coal-mining company, but was banned and dissolved by the Ostrava town hall.
However, most of the demonstrators then left for a park in which the event was not banned and then started the march.
The office of the Moravska Ostrava a Privoz district banned the demonstration at the OKD building, pointing to transport complications and threat to the health of its participation.
Besides, there is an open house day at the town hall opposite the OKD compound.
The latest protest marches of far-right radicals, held in August and September, ended in brawls with the police who detained over 80 persons. More than 15 of them are facing breach of the peace and violence against a public official charges.
The police and the town incurred damage worth hundreds of thousand crowns. The security measures further costs.
($1 = 18.840 crowns)
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