Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic visited Plavecký Štvrtok, in Malacky district (Bratislava Region), on Tuesday, October 19, to look into problems connected with the local Roma community.
The village’s mayor, Ivan Slezák, showed Lipšic houses inhabited by Roma that have been built illegally in a protected natural area of European importance. In addition, the buildings are situated on land above high-pressure gas pipelines.
According to Slezák, the illegally-built shacks represent a danger to local people. The local state administration has been taking all possible steps to demolish the illegal housing, but has run into legislative barriers and protests by non-governmental organisations. The mayor also spoke about the numerous problems that the majority population is experiencing with what he called the "unadaptable" Roma community, the TASR newswire reported. Petty theft, muggings and attacks on teachers at the local primary school by Roma pupils are common in the village, he said. Lipšic promised help in terms of demolishing the illegal dwellings, as well as in strengthening the local police department in order to reduce crime and disorder.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Oct 2010 at 10:00