The Roma in the Czech Republic makes up just 2 percent of the country’s 10 million. The community struggles with discrimination in education, housing and employment. Ghettos, rife with rubbish and disease, scar towns and cities.
Stanislav Tomas, a 46-year-old Roma man, in Teplice, a small city close to the Czech Republic’s northern border with Germany, died after police knelt on his neck for more than six minutes. Many see similarities with the murder of George Floyd. The incident has shone a light once more on the plight of the large Roma communities that live in Central Europe, who face deep discrimination, and often abuse, at the hands of police and authorities. Reports of casual mistreatment by police and other authorities are common across the country. The Council of Europe and Amnesty International have called for an independent investigation into the incident
“The Czech police are racist,” said 38-year-old Milan. “We don’t believe anything they say.”
“This isn’t the first time the police have killed Roma,” said Jan Cervenak. “No one believes them about what happened here.”