During a nighttime spree of violence last Thursday, five drunken neo-Nazis attacked a total of eight young people in the Czech town of Slaný. The series of three unprovoked attacks resulted in injuries to four people. A 25-year-old man has been hospitalized with a serious head wound. News server Romea.cz has determined that several of those who were assaulted are Romani.
“On Thursday 28 June after 10 PM the Czech Police emergency line in Slaný received a report of a violent assault. After arriving at the scene, the patrol determined a total of eight people had been attacked. The five assailants, the two oldest of whom were 19 years old, first attacked people in a parking lot on Ouvalova street, then in Šultysova street, and lastly in the local Hamburk restaurant. Three of the perpetrators are from Kladno, one is from Prague and one is from the Slaný area,” Jana Steinerová, spokesperson for the Kladno Police, told news server Romea.cz.
Pavel Štěpánek, director of the Slaný Municipal Police, said the “drunken youths came to Slaný to fight.” The Central Bohemian Regional Police Directorate says it is possible the attacks were committed by members of the ultra-right.
After the assault, four of the victims sought medical aid. One, a 25-year-old man from Prague, ended up in the intensive care unit in the hospital in Slaný with serious head injuries. MUDr. Jiří Šimák, director of the hospital, has confirmed that the injured youth has been stabilized and was transferred to a normal room today. The exact extent of his injuries will be known after a CAT scan of his brain.The other victims are also male and aged between 15 and 25.
Members of the Czech Police arrested three of the assailants that same evening in Slaný. After obtaining preliminary consent from the state prosecutor, they apprehended a fourth later on in Kladno. The fifth disorderly person turned himself in to police last Friday.
Initial procedural intake has been performed for all five assailants and they have been temporarily placed in a cell for preliminary detention. “At this moment all five have been charged with the crimes of rioting, committing violence against a group of individuals, and intentional battery. The racial motivation of the attack is under investigation,” Steinerová said.
Police monitored Romani localities in Slaný, Pražská street in particular, during the late hours of Thursday evening and early morning hours of Friday. The case is being followed by the Coordinator for Romani Affairs and Alien Integration at the Central Bohemian Regional Authority’s Department of Social Affairs, Cyril Koky. “On Tuesday I will go to Slaný to determine the details of the attack,” Koky told news server Romea.cz.
Adéla Gálová, translated by Gwendolyn Albert