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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

Dehran Muratov "Civil": Nationalist narratives: Instead of heroes, the Roma of Karpalak died to "buy horses"

Stereotypes and prejudices about the Roma are still alive in the Macedonian media. One of those examples is the case of "homeless Roma burned the bridge at East Gate".

Part of the Macedonian media published "news" that in the village of Karpalak on the Tetovo-Skopje highway, Erdovan Shabanoski and Vebi Rushitoski were among the ten dead defenders from Prilepsko who were killed in an ambush in the armed conflict in 2001. However, unlike the fallen Macedonians who heroically gave their lives for Macedonia, the two Roma from Prilep actually gave their lives to "buy horses and haul wood from the mountains".

There is no author(s) of this "heartbreaking" - basically - nationalist statement, that Erdovan and Vebi did not give their lives for the country, but to buy horses! This "news" was published last year, but some media republished it this year as well.

"Erdovan, together with his brother-in-law Vebi Rushitoski, decided to register for the mobilization. With the money, they wanted to buy horses and start working in the forest, hauling firewood up the mountain and thus ensure their livelihood", reads the announcement of several Macedonian media.

Stereotypes and prejudices about the Roma are still alive in the Macedonian media

On May 16, TV Thelma's website published a news story with the title: "Did homeless Roma set fire to the bridge at East Gate?", despite the fact that at that time there was no official information on what caused the fire.

This news has been corrected by TV Thelma and if you search their website or google today you will find a news headline: "Group of homeless people set fire to the bridge at East Gate?". However, despite the corrections, the permalink still has the original title.

After almost three months, the investigation is ongoing and it has not been revealed what caused the Belasica bridge to catch fire.

As long as there are stereotypes and prejudices in the media that Roma "live under a bridge", "steal wood", "buy and mistreat horses", we will have hate speech.

Link: https://civilmedia.mk/natsionalistichki-narativi-namesto-kako-heroi-romite-na-karpalak-zaginaa-za-da-kupat-koni/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tensions between Ukrainians and Roma in the Czech Republic

Clashes between the local Roma and Ukrainian refugees are increasingly being registered in the Czech Republic. Two isolated violent incidents led to large-scale anti-Ukrainian Roma demonstrations

"Ukrainians, go home!" "This is our country!" "We demand security!" These slogans were shouted recently by hundreds of protesters on the streets of the Czech city of Pardubice. Czech Roma have protested loudly against Ukrainian refugees because they feel increasingly threatened and marginalized.

Earlier, there was a fight between two dozen Ukrainians and members of the Czech Roma minority in the city with 100,000 inhabitants in the central Czech Republic. The police arrested three men, one Roma was transferred to the hospital with a knife wound. The video footage of the knife attack went viral on social media.

The situation in the Roma community has been tense since mid-June. Then a young Roma in Brno was killed by a Ukrainian in a similar quarrel. And in that case there was a knife attack. "The attacker was a Ukrainian who was disturbed by the loud music of young Roma people on the tram," the Idnes.cz portal reported.

Justice Minister Pawel Blazek, however, criticized the protesters for not reporting their protest to the authorities, thus violating the Law on Assemblies. "Participation in a protest and calls to come to a demonstration are illegal. The constitution and the law must apply to everyone, both the majority and the minorities," the minister said via Twitter.

Link: https://www.dw.com/mk/tenzii-megu-ukraincite-i-romite-vo-ceska/a-66201217?maca=maz-rss-maz-all-1489-xml-mrss

 

 

 

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