Saturday, 10 August 2013

Five Czech women tried over neo-Nazism

Prague, Aug 8 (CTK) - The trial of five Czech women facing charges of support to and promotion of the Resistance Women Unity (RWU) neo-Nazi movement started Thursday.
The four women who came to the court Thursday refused to give testimony.

Their defence lawyers said the state attorney had read a different indictment than that available to them.
They said otherwise they would be ready to do so.
The police say the RWU is a women's branch of the National Resistance, an unofficial organisation of Czech neo-Nazis.
According to indictment, 15 women aged 22-23 were involved in the organisation of events supporting the neo-Nazi movement and the production and distribution of documents promoting the RWU at least since the beginning of 2007.
They mainly backed the movement at the events staged for extreme right proponents, the indictment said.
The invitations and further documents were also published online. The events were mainly held in Central Bohemia, but also in Decin, north Bohemia, in 2007-2009.
The gained means were then used to back the Prisoners of War, who the imprisoned rightist extremists.
"The individual attacks were various. These were demonstrations, their behaviour at them, the organisation of a children's day at which neo-Nazi symbols were presented and the children assembled swastikas from construction kits and the like," state attorney Richard Houdek said.
Houdek said out of the 15 defendants, the court had halted the prosecution of two women and separated another eight for a different trial.
Resistance Women Unity was established in 2007.
It has vowed to contribute to the opposition to the system, which is, as it claims, "deliberately against the long-term survival of white families."
"We see it our duty as women to raise offspring aware of his or her origin and of the need to protect our country and our culture heritage," RWU said on its website.
It ensues from its declarations that it wants to address women in the pro-national movement, it promotes "the traditional family structure" and is opposed to feminism.
Some RWU members were also active in the outlawed extremist Workers' Party (DS).
The trial will continue in September when legal experts will provide testimonies.


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