Roma include the the poorest people in Czech society and Roma
leaders often complain of endemic discrimination.The worst clashes during
Saturday's seven rallies took place in Ostrava and Ceske Budejovice, Radio
In both cities, the marchers left the approved route and tried to reach areas
with large Romani populations. Most Roma stayed indoors out of fear.
In Ostrava, around 600 protesters pelted police with stones and at least 60
people were detained. In the city of Plzen about 400 people took part in an
anti-Romany march and about 15 arrests were made, local media reported.
Human rights and Roma activists staged counter-demonstrations in several cities
including the capital Prague.Earlier this month, Amnesty International warned that
anti-Roma feeling in the Czech republic was getting worse.
"We have seen a deeply worrying trend over the past year with entrenched
discrimination against Roma reaching new heights. This is a fundamental issue
that the Czech authorities can't ignore," said Amnesty International's John
In 2010, four right-wing extremists were jailed for an arson attack on a Roma
family in Vitkov in which a child was severely burned