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Facebook’s Anti-Roma Group.

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A cautionary tale, as to how modern media and the web are being used to attack the Roma in the most disgusting of ways:

“Yesterday the daily Lidové noviny (LN) reported that the new racist group on the Facebook social networking site called “Every Fan Means One Less Gypsy! Let’s Clean Up the Czech Republic!” (“Za 1 fanouška…o 1 cikána méně! Pojďme vyčistit ČR!”), which incites hatred against the Roma and calls for their extermination, no longer has an administrator and cannot be contributed to. Some former administrators of the group claim to have had no idea they were even filling that role. The group was created on 4 November and almost 10 000 people have joined it. Detectives are investigating its creation and its members.

LN reports that the person who founded the group has not contributed to it. The group has had a minimum of four different administrators entrusted with excluding people from the group or erasing their contributions. Two such administrators claim they were assigned the role without asking for it.

“I accepted an invitation to the group without realizing it was racist,” Ondra Zugar told the paper. He left it after realizing what kind of group it was. “Then some people started writing to me saying I was its administrator and I should erase it,” he said, adding that he wants nothing to do with it.

“Police are investigating this Facebook group. However, I cannot publicize what specific steps they are taking at this time,” said police spokesperson Pavla Kopecká, who says police are able to determine who the group’s founder was even if the person is no longer active as its author.

LN reported previously that the commentaries posted by sympathizers of the racist group were very harsh because no administrator was erasing any submissions and contributors could write whatever they wanted. Participants in the discussion called for Roma to be shot or for people to take to the streets armed with brass knuckles and nightsticks.

The group is not the first case of a racist discussion on Facebook. Kopecká says police have already investigated a group called “Final Solution to the Gypsy Question” (“Konečné řešení otázky cikánské”) where similar statements appeared. “

Written by modernityblog

14/11/2009 at 13:42

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  1. This is at a slight tangent. I am not a Facebook user, but a friend of mine who is showed me the extent of anti-Gypsy and anti-“chav” Facebbok groups based in the UK, mainly in the humour section (is it called “just for fun”?), with names like “Kill a pikey today” or “Keep Britain clean, kills pikeys”. This sort of hatred, closely linked to both anti-Roma racism and to middle class class hatred, is apparently considered completely acceptable by Facebook.


    16/11/2009 at 11:03

  2. Amazing isn’t it? We are truly living thru the 1930s again 😦

    I don’t think racism goes away so much as morphs into other forms.


    16/11/2009 at 11:20

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