A new website encouraging people to take pictures of suspected immigrants and refugees has been disabled. The website, “Vyfoť imigranta,” (www.vyfot-imigranta.cz) encourages people to take pictures of immigrants, believing them to be a security risk. The website singles out darker-skinned minorities.
Vyfoť imigranta roughly translates to “Photograph the Immigrant.”
The undeniably xenophobic and nationalist website is currently offline. While, it is uncertain who is responsible for putting it out of action, the website’s debilitation seems to be the work of hackers.
While it was up, the website mostly featured pictures taken by cell phone of dark-skinned minorities going about their daily lives.
The website’s prompt reads “Have you come across suspicious individuals or entire groups that definitely do not look like tourists from Africa or countries characterized by sand and sun?” Do you not know where to go with your concerns? Here, you can add your post and a photo of possible illegal migrants.”
It does not seem anyone is certain as to who is responsible for creating the website.
The website has received criticism from everyone from Czech police to Amnesty International.
A catalogue of a picture of every ethnic minority in the country does nothing to help ensure safety. Acts like this subjugate and alienate people who would otherwise be contributing members of society.
Rather than continue to push people in this country away, it is important to make them a part of society. It seems obvious that people forced to the fringes of society are more likely to adopt radical behavior, or hold animosity towards those alienating them.
“Already it’s known, through empirical research, that violent extremism is caused in large part by grievances tied to social marginalization, political exclusion, lack of access to justice or resources, and repression or abuse by state and security services in these counties,” said Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute for Peace.