published: 24.08.2013, 20:06 | updated: 25.08.2013 16:14:12
Ostrava - The Czech police detained over 60 anti-Romany demonstrators over breach of peace and bodily harm during riots in Ostrava, north Moravia, local district spokeswoman Jana Pondelickova has told CTK.
Some 1,000 demonstrators took part in an anti-Romany march stopped by the police.
Stones were hurled, dustbins overturned and the police repeatedly used tear gas.
The demonstrators left the originally permitted route of their march.
They provoked a verbal exchange with the Romanies who watched the march from their windows.
Then the extremists started destroying property and attacking the police.
The most aggressive extremists overturned containers and pelted the police with stones and bottles.
Police from the anti-riot team tried to negotiate with the demonstrators. Public traffic had to be interrupted during the riots.
The anti-Romany demonstration called Stop Racial Attacks was organised by the Czech Lions group. Participants in it signed the petition called For the Rights of the Czech Republic's Decent Citizens.
The petition called for the politicians to combat abuse of the welfare system, which is widely attributed to Romanies.
Demonstrations of anti-Romany groups and their opponents were held in various Czech towns, including Brno, the second largest town of the Czech Republic, today.
In Duchcov, north Bohemia, the demonstrators shout the slogan Stop the Black Racism to protest against what they call "black racism, police violence and social injustice."
Some of the protest marches were staged by extreme right groupings such as the extra-parliamentary Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS), a successor to the Workers' Party (DS) outlawed over its xenophobia and racism.
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