POPRAD police have confirmed a racial motive in a recent assault on local Roma in the Filice village.
On February 28 a group of around 15 unknown offenders broke windows, doors and equipment with baseball bats at three Roma houses in the eastern Slovak village.
They then attacked two Roma who were passing by. One of them suffered light injuries and managed to run away from the violent crowd. Another Roma suffered serious head injuries.
František Schwartz, chief investigator in Poprad, said on March 14 that eyewitnesses had reported that the men shouted "You black pigs, come out here and we'll kill you" at the Roma.
Based on the testimonies, the investigator has launched a criminal investigation on charges of violence against a group of inhabitants, uttering racial slurs and assault causing serious injury.
25. Mar 2002 at 0:00