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Roma protest in Gračanica due to the brutality of members of the Kosovo police towards their compatriots, they demand punishment of the policemen

Several hundred Roma protested in front of the police station in Gračanica, due to, as they say, the brutality of members of the Kosovo Police Service during the arrest of their compatriot Burhan Ibrahimović, reports the RTS portal. .

The Roma at the protest asked the Police Inspectorate for a fair investigation and punishment of a group of police officers who, as they claim, used excessive force and brutally beat Ibrahimovic, who in the meantime received several calls from the Police Inspectorate for questioning.

The crowd carried banners that read 'Stop Brutality', 'Justice Now', 'We Are Not Your Punching Bag', 'Stop Violence'.

Afrim Salihi, a relative of the beaten Roma, claims that Ibrahimovic was brought to the police station to give a statement about an argument with a resident of Gracanica. He adds that, because he was punished, Ibrahimovic threatened to file a lawsuit and hire a lawyer. After that, as Salihi claims, he was beaten by several policemen at the police station.

Ibrahimović from Gračanica grew up in Germany, and now lives again in his hometown. "Thank you all for coming. We live in a democracy, but there are many people who had the same problems and were not allowed to speak. At first I was afraid and I was not allowed to share this case with others, but I decided to report this case", Ibrahimovic told the crowd in front of the police station.

Dritan Berisha, one of the organizers of the protest, said that this is a rally not only against the brutality of the police that happened on August 19 in the police station in Gračanica, but also resistance to other brutalities that members of the Roma community go through in other places in Kosovo. and Metochia.

The protest in front of the police station in Gračanica was controlled by police officers in uniforms and civilian clothes, but the journalists were directed to the police administration in Pristina just in case.

At the end of the protest, the gathered left banners on the steps of the entrance to the police station and dispersed peacefully.

Link - video: https://www.rts.rs/vesti/politika/5263470/protest-roma-u-gracanici-zbog-torture-policije-prema-njihovom-sunarodniku.html

 

Přerov, Czech Republic: July incident between Romani and Ukrainian children was verbal and involved no weapons, police have transferred it to the misdemeanor commission

Officers transferred the case to the bureaucrats at City Hall to be dealt with as a misdemeanor. The incident sparked tensions in the city at the time and several dozen local Romani residents assembled outside a police station to ask that the case be investigated.

The police also had to address the dissemination of disinformation by a local resident on social media. The conflict between two small groups of children on a local square in Přerov transpired on 10 July.

The investigation of the incident has now been closed by police as a misdemeanor against civil coexistence. “An investigation and operations were performed in this matter, on the basis of which we have categorized this case as a misdemeanor against civil coexistence. It was ascertained that two small groups of minors mutually attacked each other verbally. It was not confirmed that any of the children threatened anybody with a knife or any other kind of weapon. All circumstances of the case were logged and the material was sent yesterday to the relevant administrative unit at Přerov City Hall, which will deal with it according to its competences,” Zajícová posted to the police website today.

Link: https://romea.cz/en/czech-republic/prerov-czech-republic-july-incident-between-romani-and-ukrainian-children-was-verbal-and-involved-no-weapons-police-have-transferred-it-to-the-misdemeanor-commissio

According to the ERRC petition, due to the attack on the Roma community in Turekovac, the Basic Public Prosecutor's Office Leskovac will undertake criminal prosecution

In response to the reaction of the European Center for Roma Rights, the Higher Public Prosecutor's Office in Leskovac changed the decision regarding the characterization of the attack on Roma in Turekovac that occurred at the beginning of April this year.

Then, the Leskovac police administration announced that on April 11 of this year, police officers from SV Leskovac, immediately after the victims reported that unknown persons were throwing stones and banging on the gates of houses, went to the spot and talked with the victims. and notified the competent prosecutor's office, which concluded that it was a criminal offense that was prosecuted by a private lawsuit. As was announced at the time by the Leskovac Police Department, with further work the police identified and found a twenty-two-year-old young man, as well as five nineteen-year-olds, against whom they will file appropriate misdemeanor charges under the Law on Public Order and Peace.

After this announcement and decision of the Basic Public Prosecutor's Office, the European Center for Roma Rights submitted a petition to the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office in Belgrade regarding the actions of the Basic Public Prosecutor in Leskovac regarding the event of April 11, 2023. year, in the village of Turekovac.

Link: https://rominfomedia.rs/2023/08/22/evropski-centar-za-prava-roma-napad-na-rome-u-turekovcu-ucinjeno-iz-mrznje-zbog-nacionalne-pripadnosti-osnovno-javno-tuzilastvo-promenilo-odluku-napadace-ce-ipak-krivicno-goniti/

 

 

Olomouc, Czech Republic: Residential hotel in city center closing, where will the Romani tenants go next?

At the end of this month the residential hotel on Riegrova Street in Olomouc, Czech Republic will close after being home to approximately 135 people, most of them Romani, some of whom have been living there for decades. The building's owner is planning to reconstruct it and change its purpose.

The city says it is collaborating with nonprofits and other residential hotels to aid them with finding accommodation for the evicted. However, some of those who have to move now say the city isn’t doing enough to take care of the situation.

The residential hotel in the historical center of Olomouc has long been a source of complaints and problems. Local residents have complained that its occupants are noisy, get into petty scuffles, and spread garbage to the surrounding buildings.

According to some occupants of the residential hotel, however, the city is not doing enough to resolve the situation. “They want to close it down here and leave the people with children out on the street. Why doesn’t the city arrange something for those of us who have lived here our whole lives?” asked Nataša Gáborová, an occupant who spoke with public broadcaster Czech Radio and who will likely move in with her son in the city of Brno, which is 80 kilometers away in a different administrative region.

Link: https://romea.cz/en/czech-republic/olomouc-czech-republic-residential-hotel-in-city-center-closing-where-will-the-romani-tenants-go-next

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