Petro Zhivachivsky, 15, remaims in serious condition following an attack allegedly at the hands of three Romani boys on Sunday, April 15, in Břeclav, southeast Moravia. Friends are organizing a demonstration to protest against the attack and racial violence, but the youth wing of the neo-Nazi National Workers Party for Social Justice (DSSS) apparently attempted to “hijack” the protest for its own propaganda purposes.
A Czech state prosecutor has indicted two members of the far-right Workers Party for Social Justice (DSSS) for allegedly shouting racist slogans at and otherwise abusing Tonya Graves, the African-American lead singer of the popular Prague funk outfit Monkey Business. Both of the men have been been tried before, for violent crimes and theft.
Czech police say they have started proceedings against 15 women who helped in the organization, running and propagation of the views of the neo-Nazi movement Resistance Women Unity (RWU), believed to be the women’s offshoot of the national group National Resistance (Národní odpor).
Czech judicial expert on extremism Michal Mazel decided to quit his role earlier this month after a lawyer for an activist with the far-right Workers’ Party for Social Justice (DSSS) challenged his neutrality, on the grounds of Mazel’s ‘Jewish origins.’ The incident has triggered a debate on how to reform the institution of judicial experts in order to protect them from intimidation.
The Czech Bar Association (ČAK) board is to decide next week how to proceed in the case of Petr Kočí, an attorney representing a member of the far-right Workers' Social Justice Party (DSSS) who is reported to have attacked the impartiality and credibility of an expert witness due to his ‘Jewish origins,’ a move that prompted Constitutional Court chairman Pavel Rychetský to call for Kočí to be disbarred.
Czech judicial expert on extremism Michal Mazel says he is tired of being attacked due to his professional activities and Jewish origin and is calling for special commissions to replace judicial experts to assess cases of racism and political extremism. The last straw for Mazel was the objection of his assessment by a lawyer defending a far-right activist from the Workers’ Party for Social Justice (DSSS).
Lukáš Kohout hit the headlines in 2002 when he caught posing as an asistant to former Social Democrat (ČSSD) foreign minister and then Chairman of the UN general assembly, Jan Kavan. Before the fraud was revealed, he had clocked up free travel all around the world at taxpayers’ expense. Now as the leader of anti-Roma demonstrations in his home town, Kohout is due to appear in court again for fraud.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas (Civic Democrats, ODS) has called a meeting with leaders of the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic to address rising racial tensions in Northern Bohemia, where the far-right Workers Party for Social Justice (DSSS) plans to hold large gatherings on Saturday that authorities fear could turn violent. Hundreds more police officers will be deployed to the region.