published: 16.09.2013, 07:23 | updated: 16.09.2013 07:37:24
Prague - The Czech Republic has become close to a country of pogroms, because common people more and more often outnumber far-right extremist organisers at anti-Romany demonstrations, but politicians are incapable of coping with the problem, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
Right-wing parties are calling for a stricter system of welfare distribution. The Social Democrats (CSSD), on their part, say they would completely ban gambling rooms in excluded localities known as ghettos [with prevailing Romany population], he writes.
The ghettos mushroomed in the past two decades as a result of Romanies moving to and jointly settling down in localities at towns´ outskirts, which became hotbeds of segregation with widespread poverty, gambling and organised crime, Leschtina says.
Politicians, as well as most of Czech society, ignored the rising danger in the past years, he says.
At present, political parties fail to come up with a solution to the problem which rests in the fact that already the second generation of Romanies that was born in the ghettos and that can see no way out of the trap, Leschtina writes.
The only solution would be long-term state programmes in support of social integration of the Romanies who want to get out of the modern hell, in support of their employment, placing their kids in standard schools and moving the families to standard flats, Leschtina says.
In face of the threatening pogroms, politicians should condemn violence, whoever the aggressor may be, he adds.
The "unappetizing" internal atmosphere in the Party of Citizens Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) surfaced last week when the SPOZ leadership stated that lobbyist Miroslav Slouf, the SPOZ founder and former indispensable aide to the present president, Milos Zeman, is a persona non grata and ousted him as the SPOZ election leader in Prague, Jiri Kubik writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Apart from deleting Slouf, the leadership also made other changes in the party´s lists of candidates, previously approved by the SPOZ regional branches - a step reminding of an escalating war of godfathers, Kubik writes.
The SPOZ has a chance to enter parliament in the October general polls, which is unfortunate as the party is not a suitable medicine to heal the ailing Czech political scene. Not only it lacks a clear programme but it does not have trustworthy political leaders either, Kubik says.
Although the SPOZ´s head is Zdenek Stengl, a former policeman, the genuine leaders and masterminds are Vratislav Mynar (Presidential Office head) and Martin Nejedly (President Zeman´s chief adviser and head of the Lukoil Aviation Czech company), Kubik points out.
It is the two who took over the task of "caring of Zeman" from Slouf some time ago and who pushed through Slouf´s deletion from the SPOZ list of candidates last week. By doing so, they were probably defending their newly-acquired position against Slouf, Kubik writes.
However, Slouf would not accept his ousting and plans a revenge. He undoubtedly "possesses" a lot of compromising information which, if released, would heavily harm the SPOZ ahead of the elections, Kubik concludes.
Many believe that President Milos Zeman is a clear supporter of the Communists (KSCM) but KSCM chairman Vojtech Filip´s behaviour on Czech Television on Sunday challenged this opinion, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
Any time Zeman was mentioned in the television debate, Filip reacted almost with irritation as if he wanted to tell KSCM voters that the KSCM would not follow Zeman´s advice, Mitrofanov writes.
Filip even sharply lashed out at Zeman when he criticised the cuts on the lists of election candidates made by the leadership of the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ). Filip said the KSCM leadership would never change the lists of candidates who were chosen by their home party branches, Mitrofanov writes.
The KSCM knows that Zeman wants it only to support a possible minority cabinet of the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the SPOZ after the elections. It also knows that it would be more advantageous for it to ally with Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD leader opposed to Zeman) if they offered forming an anti-Zeman alliance to him under suitable circumstances, Mitrofanov says.
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