Sunday, October 7, 2012

News 10.7.2012

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News Sunday, October 7th, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* A driving school operator and three examiners have been charged by
police for allegedly allowing more than 30 people to falsely obtain
drivers' licenses.

* Outgoing Czech Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromir Drabek will
be questioned by police investigators next Friday in connection with a
case against his former first deputy.

* Friends and supporters met in Prague at the weekend to honour the
memory of late human rights activist and anarchist Jakub Polak.

* A parade celebrating Roma culture took place in Prague on Sunday
afternoon.

* A commemorative plaque honouring late anti-communist resistance
fighter Milan Paumer has been unveiled in Podebrady.



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Driving examiners, driving school head, charged
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Police have charged three driving examiners and the head of a driving
school east of Prague with abuse of authority by a public officer and
other crimes, anti-corruption police unit spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej
revealed on the unit's website. The four are suspected of having helped
more than 30 people obtain valid driver's licenses, either by helping
clients during their driver's exam, or allowing them to miss the exam
altogether, filing protocol on their behalf. The owner of the driving
school, meanwhile, allegedly promised a client they could skip
mandatory driving lessons altogether. The suspects in the case operated
in Prelouc, near Pardubice, and Novy Bydzov, in the area of Hradec
Kralove.


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The police to question outgoing minister over bribery case
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Outgoing Czech Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromir Drabek will
be questioned by police investigators next Friday in connection with a
case against his former first deputy Vladimir Siska who is accused of
bribery. Mr Drabek revealed the development on a TV political debate
show Sunday. The minister is resigning over the matter although he
reiterated he himself had done nothing wrong but was simply accepting
political responsibility. He will officially step down at the end of
the month. The chairman of TOP 09, Karel Schwarzenberg, has suggested
the corruption case could negatively impact the party in the upcoming
regional and Senate elections, but expressed the hope that the
minister's decision to step down would be viewed honourably.


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'Antifuneral' honours late human rights activist
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Friends and supporters of human rights activist and well-known
anarchist Jakub Polak, who died in September at the age of 60, gathered
in Prague on Saturday to honour his memory. Around 100 people met at
Prague's Strelecky ostrov: the event was called "Antipohreb" or
anti-funeral. The event saw performances by Roma bands as well as
speeches by friends. The late Jakub Polak was a staunch defender of
Roma rights, helping residents facing eviction from a local slum in
Ostrava-Privoz. In 2001, Mr Polak was honoured by the Charter 77
Foundation for his long battle against prejudice and police apathy in
cases of racially-motivated murder in the Czech Republic.


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Prague sees Roma Pride parade
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A parade known as 'Roma Pride' took place in Prague on Sunday afternoon
celebrating Roma culture. The group organizing the event aimed to
inform the public on the situation regarding minorities in the country,
charging that the government's integration policy had failed in areas.
The group has also warned about rising anti-Roma sentiment. The parade
began at 3 pm local time at Palacky square and made its way to the
historic Old Town Square; a discussion was scheduled after the event.
Roma Pride was slated to take place not only in the Czech capital on
Sunday but also in 14 other European cities.


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Anti-communist fighter commemorated
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A commemorative plaque honouring late anti-communist resistance fighter
Milan Paumer was unveiled in a special ceremony on Saturday in the
courtyard of the castle in Podebrady. Mr Paumer died was part of the
controversial Masin group that shot its way out of communist
Czechoslovakia in the 1950s, claiming several lives; he died two years
ago at the age of 79. The ceremony on Saturday included a performance
of classical music, as well as songs by Barbara Streisand and Vera
Spinarova and the Czech anthem. Notable military historian Eduard
Stehlik suggested that the commemorative plaque might be the first
dignified memorial to a Masin group member in the country.


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Right-wing extremists demonstrate in Usti
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Around 70 right-wing extremists demonstrated near boardinghouses
inhabited by Roma residents in Usti nad Labem on Saturday. Riot police
prevented far-right supporters from clashing with anarchists, although
the groups taunted each other verbally. Later, there were reportedly
some minor incidents at a local train station. A local representative
of the radical right-wing Workers' Party for Social Justice is running
in the upcoming regional election; far-right demonstrators have met
routinely over two years to try and drum up support based on anti-Roma
sentiment.


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Police arrest three over alleged blackmail
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Police have arrested three individuals, aged 25 or 26, suspected of
blackmailing a 23-year-old man in Modrany in Prague 4. The suspects are
believed to have broken several bones in the man's body to force him to
sign a bill of exchange worth several hundred thousand crowns. The
victim has alleged the trio also threatened him with a weapon; if found
guilty in the case, the three suspects could face up to 10 years in
prison.


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Weather
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Conditions will go from sunny early in the weekend to overcast with a
chance of showers. Temperatures dropped markedly from 22 degrees on
Saturday to highs on Sunday of just 13.



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