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AI criticizes police for handling of Roma

AMNESTY International criticized police action against the Roma during last year's Roma unrest in Eastern Slovakia.

According to the humanitarian organization, Slovak police prohibited those it arrested from contacting their families. They also beat the Roma in custody and entered their homes without proper permission, the SME daily wrote.

According to police spokesman Martin Korch, the Slovak police acted in line with the law.

The cabinet plenipotentiary for Roma communities, Klára Orgovánová, asked Interior Minister Vladimír Palko whether he considers the police action appropriate.

"He responded 'yes'," Orgovánová said.

The report also mentions other cases involving Roma, such as the drowning of Radoslav Puký, who was found dead in the Ondava River. His death has been linked to police action, since witnesses last saw him running from officers. Amnesty International also criticized Slovakia for using so-called cage beds in psychiatric clinics.

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