Czech Communists

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Sep 16 12:55:30 MDT 1999

>· Government human rights emmissary Petr Uhl has pleaded with
>residents of the north Bohemian town of Usti nad Labem not to
>"ghettoise" their Roma ("gypsy")  population.
>Until 1989 Uhl was a key member of the Charta 77 dissident
>movement, and one of the few revolutionary Marxists in the
>east-European pro-democracy movement. Since the fall of the
>Stalinist regime he has focused on new human rights questions,
>particularly the defence of the Roma ("gypsy") minority. When
>Czechoslovakia split, he demanded a Slovak passport, to
>illustrate the arbitrary nature of the rules that divided the
>population and threatened to exclude most Czech Roma from
>citizenship on the basis of their (often distant) Slovak origins.

Good for Peter Uhl. He used to attend YSA conventions in the USA on a
regular basis in the late 60s and early 70s. I remember him well.

Louis Proyect

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