Following a march in Bratislava in early March, the extra-parliamentary Party of Roma Union in Slovakia (SRÚS) has called for another protest by Roma to take place on Monday, April 8, in Košice. SRÚS chairman František Tanko announced plans for the demonstration at a press conference in Bratislava on April 4. The protest will begin at 15:00 in front of the Constitutional Court.
“In front of the Constitutional Court, we will protest against the court decision in the case of Milan Juhász," Tanko said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that protest participants will file an official protest with the Constitutional Court against what they say is the short prison sentence Juhász received last week from the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok for killing three people and injuring two, all of them Roma, in a shooting spree in Hurbanovo on June 16, 2012. Juhász, an off-duty municipal policeman at the time of the shootings, was last week sentenced to 9 years in prison and 3 years of treatment in a high-security medical facility.
Tanko opined that a sentence of nine years was not adequate for a crime he considers to be racially motivated murder. “A Roma would get a five-times longer sentence in such a case,” Tanko stressed.
The protest is slated to proceed to the Košice Labour Office and to the Office of the Košice Self-Governing Region. Asked by TASR whether the march would be attended by more than the 70-some Roma who participated in a similar protest in Bratislava on March 6, Tanko answered that in the east of Slovakia, Roma citizens were numerous. He said that another protest was planned for Bratislava, but that the date was yet to be confirmed.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Apr 2013 at 10:00