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Czech Xenophobes To Displaced Roma: 'Gas The Gypsies!'

Pushed out of Prague, Roma are heading to northern Bohemia. Their arrival has triggered a backlash from native Czechs in the region of Ústí nad Labem, which is also attracting right-wing extremists who come from the city to stoke local anger and shout the

A memorial to Roma victims of Nazi regime, in Ukraine(Anosmia)
A memorial to Roma victims of Nazi regime, in Ukraine(Anosmia)


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The northern Czech region of Ústí nad Labem is in an uproar, with citizens opposing the organized influx of Roma -- whom they hold responsible for mounting crime -- and radical-right extremists taking advantage of the heated situation.

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