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Conflicts in multiple Roma communities last weekend required police intervention

On the weekend of August 3-4, police intervened in a conflict in the Roma community in Krompachy on Hornádska Street. Police charged nine people, two of whom are minors and six of whom will be detained. Three others were charged with causing threats and are expected to be charged with more crimes.

On the weekend of August 3-4, police intervened in a conflict in the Roma community in Krompachy on Hornádska Street. Police charged nine people, two of whom are minors and six of whom will be detained. Three others were charged with causing threats and are expected to be charged with more crimes.

Mayor of the eastern-Slovak town of Krompachy, Iveta Rušinová, told the SITA newswire that the mass fight in the Roma locality will have to be handled by the state police, as the town council and town police have no means to settle such issues. Rušinová added that according to her information, the conflict arose out of a dispute between private citizens. She said about 500 Roma live in the community.

A similar incident occurred in Michalovce on the night of Saturday, August 3, for which police were called to the scene. One officer was attacked and injured. In Michalovce, a dispute was sparked by a conflict between two families.

During the same weekend, police in Trebišov had to handle an incident in the local Roma settlement there where two men started quarrelling on August 3 at around 17:00, and later a young man attacked his rival, aged 23, with a knife, stabbing him in his chest. The victim was treated in a hospital and will need 21 days to heal, the TASR newswire wrote. The attacker, aged 21, fled the scene, but was found later that same evening and detained. He was charged with attempted assault and faces 5 to 12 years in prison if convicted. However, there was no public order disturbance in Trebišov, apart from this conflict.

(Source: SITA, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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