While food was being distributed on Saturday, June 5, to Roma citizens n the flood-hit village of Jurské (Prešov region), a 29-year-old Roma male attacked mayor Gustáv Mišalko (who is also a Roma and a member of HZDS, the Movement for Democratic Slovakia) without any evident reason, Prešov Regional Police Directorate spokesperson Magdaléna Fečová told the TASR newswire.
The offender was arrested by the police. Fečová further reported that during the arrest, however, the disorderly crowd attacked the police patrol and the mayor with hoes, axes and pieces of wood, and also threw stones.
The situation calmed down when further police patrols arrived on the scene. The police then detained another 12 people. Police patrols also remained in the village during the night and throughout Sunday. The population of Jurské is 766, of which 521 are officially Roma. The unemployment rate in the village stands at 98 percent.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Jun 2010 at 14:00