published: 25.08.2013, 19:13 | updated: 25.08.2013 19:15:00
Lany - President Milos Zeman today condemned the Saturday anti-Romany demonstrations and marches in a number of Czech towns.
Zeman said in order to improve the situation of socially weak Romanies, the white mafias that abuse the welfare benefits through Romanies should be destroyed and employment through investments should be supported.
Zeman said participants in the Saturday marches were similar to members of neo-Nazi militant groupings he called one of the islands of negative deviation in his March inauguration speech.
Zeman noted that when speaking on the 71st anniversary of the Lidice village by the Nazi regime in June, he said he could hear the Nazi shout "Juden raus!" behind "Bohemia to Bohemians," the frequent shout at anti-Romany demonstrations.
Zeman said the welfare payment such as housing benefits paid to Romanies by state end up in the coffers of white mafias who let flats to Romanies at overpriced rents.
"Let us start with specific acts, by the destruction of the white mafias. Let the Romanies pay adequate rents," Zeman said, adding that then the housing benefits could be reduced.
Zeman said creating new jobs would be more useful than any participation in a protest against the far-right marches.
"Only investments, naturally reasonable investments create new jobs," Zeman said.
The police detained 101 participants in the anti-Romany marches and demonstrations attended by about 1,500 people on Saturday.
Some 25 police officers and protesters were injured during the riots in Ostrava, north Moravia.
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