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Sobotka to British PM: Stop ‘hateful attacks’ against Czechs

The victim was Zdeněk Makar, who was killed in east London. Photo: Met Police

The request comes following the brutal murder of a Czech man in east London last week.


PRAGUE – Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka today asked newly elected British Prime Minister Theresa May to take action to stop  violence against Czechs in the wake of a vicious attack that occurred in London last week and resulted in the death of a Czech citizen, according to international media.

“The Czech government finds it unacceptable to see Czechs attacked because of their origin and being treated as second-class citizens,” Sobotka reportedly told May, following a conversation between the two following the murder last week.

Zdeněk Makar, a 31-year-old Czech living in London, was followed down the street and beaten to death by teenagers in east London following an argument he had with one of the boys as he waited to be served in a takeaway in Poplar, police have said. Further reports show that a 29-year-old Briton has been charged with his murder.

“Therefore I asked the British prime minister…  to let me know what measures her government will adopt to stop these hateful attacks,” he said.

May had said in a statement previously that police did not consider the murder to be an issue of racism.

This is not the first time a mainland European has been killed in Britain following the referendum to leave the European Union, as a Polish man was killed in August. London was subject to a total of 113 murder in 2015.

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