Monitoring group issues stark warning on growing neo-Nazi threat
The American centre in Prague hosted a roundtable discussion on Wednesday on the growing threat of extremism, at a time when far-right groups are holding regular rallies in Czech towns and several Romany families have been attacked by neo-Nazis. The discussion was attended by government ministers, Romani rights activists and also groups that monitor far-right extremism. Klára Kalibová is from the monitoring group Tolerance.
It seems you do have an ally in that – minister Pecina appears determined to crack down and destroy far-right groups.
“Yes, he can do the repression, but we also need a partner in the educational sphere, and it seems there isn’t any. So I’m very sceptical as to the civic aspect of this issue.”
Do you think the media play enough of a role, or should they be doing more?
The situation in the Czech Republic is surely better than elsewhere in Central Europe, as it has been for decades, even before the war this was a better place to be than Hungary or Poland.
“Yes, that’s true. We don’t have far-right political parties in parliament, or even far-right Czech MEPs in the European Parliament. But it can easily get worse, because the source of energy of the far right is in the whole of society, in the whole xenophobic Czech society. What I’m saying is that civic society is not strong enough to stop it. But it can easily change a lot.”