Czech intelligence sees decrease in right-wing extremism
Activities of right-wing extremists have dropped in the first three months of this year, according to a report by the Czech intelligence service, or BIS, released on Thursday. While the decrease is attributed to the ban of the far-right Workers’ Party, authorities says better police work has also curbed extremism-related crime.
The head of the far-right Workers’ Party of Social Justice, Tomáš Vandas, lashed out against Czech Romanies at a May Day rally in Prague, in front of around 100 sympathizers. The crowd was smaller than in the previous years. The party never managed to pick up where its predecessor, the Workers’ Party, left after it was banned in February.
“I think people may have noticed that the number of extremist acts – neo-Nazi concerts, marches and violent attacks – has clearly dropped. We have also managed to identify those who finance extremism for instance by trading prohibited merchandise, and to eliminate violent offenders. The fact that there have been more arrests and convictions does not mean at all that there has been a rise in extremism; it shows that the police and the judiciary have been doing a better job.”
“All political parties are right now slightly racist; they have some populist agenda in their programmes. I’m talking specifically about the Social Democrats and the Civic Democrats. But with the regional elections coming in the autumn, I would say that on the regional level, the Workers Party of Social Justice still has a potential to gain more votes.”