Authorities in České Budějovice fear more racial unrest

After a week of escalating racial tension in České Budějovice, there are fears that the coming weekend could bring more street clashes between ultra-right groups and the town’s Romany community. Social networks reflect growing racial tension and there are invitations to join anti-Roma demonstrations in the south Bohemian city over the weekend. Ten people were injured in last week’s street protests as the police strove to maintain order and keep the two groups apart. The city’s mayor Juraj Thoma has appealed to citizens not to join ultra-right demonstrators and keep off the streets.