Saturday, August 27, 2011

News 8.27.2011

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News Saturday, August 27th, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* Demonstrators in Rumburk marched through a Roma ghetto on Friday
protesting a recent rise in violent crime.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has warned Czech agriculturalists against
leaving added value abroad and overdependence on state assistance.

* Czech police have detained a physician who former assistants have
accused of sexual violence.

* US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks detail bargaining over the
previously-planned US missile defence system.

* Czech tennis player Petra Cetkovska has advanced to the semi-final
round of the WTA tournament in New Haven.

Five arrested after unauthorised march in Rumburk

A demonstration highlighting recent unrest between Roma and Czech
communities in the North Bohemian town of Rumburk on Friday evening
ended in an unauthorised march through a Roma ghetto. Five people were
arrested after sticks were thrown at windows and a fence was destroyed.
The demonstration was attended by some 1,500 people protesting a recent
rise in violent crime in the area perpetrated by newly arriving Roma.
The crowd was prevented from approaching individual residential
buildings by riot police. Czech Television reported that the buildings
were mostly empty as their residents had left in anticipation of the
demonstrations. The current unrest was sparked by a local incident last
weekend in which six young people were attacked by 20 Roma; seven
people were charged with riotous conduct and grievous bodily harm with
a racial motive.

PM warns agriculturalists against exporting raw goods, dependence on

Prime Minister Petr Necas has warned Czech agriculturalists against
exporting raw goods, which return to the country as finished
foodstuffs. Speaking at a major agricultural fair in the South Bohemian
city of Ceske Budejovice, the prime minister warned that the country
was surrendering added value under such circumstances and said that
Czech agriculture workers must seek to integrate themselves more with
the food industry. He also agreed with President Klaus' message to the
fair on Thursday that Czech farmers are overly dependent on grant
money, the state and on politicians, which he said was the result of
the relatively low productivity of Czech agriculture, which meets only
40% of the Western European average.

Police detain Czech doctor suspected of sexual abuse

Czech police have detained a well-known Prague physician who former
assistants have accused of sexual violence. Jaroslav Bartak was
arrested at Ruzyne International Airport as he returned from holiday
and was brought in for questioning. Police refused to say whether he
would be accused. Six women have filed legal complaints against Dr
Bartak for sexual coercion, rape, extortion, unlawful restraint,
dangerous intimidation and bodily harm. He denies the accusations,
saying the women were prostitutes.

WikiLeaks: USA warned Czechs against energy dependence on Russia

The new batch of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks shows the
American government brought their concerns over Russia's expansion on
the European energy market to Czech officials when US Vice-President
Joseph Biden visited Prague in 2009. Regarding a tender for the
completion of the Temelin nuclear power plant sought by both American
and Russian companies, the cables say that Mr Biden told then prime
minister Jan Fischer to "turn to Westinghouse" if the Czech Republic
wanted to escape the influence of Russia. He also said that Moscow's
behaviour would change radically if Europe were able to find an
alternative to Russian energy sources, and that they must not be
allowed a monopoly.

Cables give insight into radar negotiations

The cables also suggest that Czech negotiators mediating the planned
missile defence system in 2008 won a considerable concession from the
Americans, namely that the only US soldiers at the base would be radar
operators. The US had originally wanted a contract that would allow
unspecified troops at the base. The Czech side in turn stepped back
from its demands on taxing American companies involved in building the
facility. The previous US administration sought a missile defence
system that would have involved a radar base in the Czech Republic. The
Czech public was broadly opposed to the idea and President Barack Obama
scrapped the plan a year after taking office.

Tennis: Cetkovska advances to semi-final in New Haven

Czech tennis player Petra Cetkovska has advanced to the semi-final
round of the WTA tournament in New Haven, having defeated fourth-seeded
Marion Bartoli of France 7:5, 7:5. She will now face China's Li Na for
final round qualification. Cetkovska has played Li Na only once, in
2009, when she lost in Monterrey 3:6 4:6. She said she was looking
forward to seeing how well her game stands up to the world no. 5, who
has five WTA titles to her name.

Czech performance roundup in World Championships in Athletics

Pole-vaulter Jan Kudlicka has advanced to the final round of the World
Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, qualifying with a 550
cm jump on his first attempt. Runner Denisa Rosolova has also enjoyed
success at the championships, stepping up to the semifinal round in the
400 metre race after taking fourth place in Friday's run with 52.51
seconds. Discus thrower Vera Cechlova however failed to advance, as did
Marcela Lustigova in the 3000-metre steeplechase. Roman Sebrle is
currently in thirteenth place in the decathelon, having finished the
shot put with a total of 2494 points.


Conditions over the coming days are expected to remain cloudy with
scattered showers. Temperatures should drop to around 20o Celsius.

Articles posted on today

"If I had been a boy, I would have been shot..." Part 8

In the last few weeks Veronika Hyks has been reading from the memoirs
of Jaroslava Sklenickova, an extraordinary story of survival in war. We
have now reached May 1945. After nearly three years in Ravensbruck, the
women of Lidice are now free, although they still face the trauma of
returning home to find that the village has been wiped off the map and
that all their menfolk and nearly all their children are dead. David
Vaughan introduces the eighth episode.

November 1945: homeward bound

In November 1945, six months after the end of World War II, the units
that had taken part in liberating Czechoslovakia began their official
withdrawal. Various ceremonies were held, first on November 15, to say
farewell to the Red Army troops, who had fought their way in bitter
fighting through Slovakia all the way to Prague. Then a few days later,
on November 20, the withdrawal began of the American units that had
liberated Western Bohemia.

Kutna Hora's Italian Courtyard and silver-mining history

Without question the town of Kutna Hora in central Bohemia is a
must-see destination for anyone visiting the Czech Republic, a town
with a long and fascinating history. In the 13th and 14th centuries the
site became increasingly famous for silver deposits which drew miners
and production that would eventually account for as much as a third of
all the silver production in Europe.

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