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Czech Republic: Roma under suspicion

Whether it's accusations of child abduction or defrauding the welfare services, the prejudices against the Roma people in Europe are huge, even when there's actually something to celebrate.

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At first it was a sensation. In early June a young woman in the Czech Republic gave birth to healthy quintuplets. Citizens and national businesses offered help and donations. But soon the young parents, who belong to the Roma minority, were being subjected to racist abuse on the internet and social networking sites.The commentators accused the couple of sponging off the system.