A raid turned violent
Thursday, 26 September 2013 16:28


A VIOLENT police raid on a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia is drawing condemnation from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and others. Yet it is the government’s politically-charged response that should be an even greater cause for concern. In a country with some of Europe’s worst living conditions for Roma, the heavy-handed tactics and ham-handed official inquiry that followed are the latest signs of the government of Robert Fico, the prime minister, taking an illiberal turn.

The events of June 19th are not in dispute. Just after 7pm, in an operation dubbed “Repressive-Search Action 100”, 63 police officers including masked riot police approached the Roma settlement informally known as Budulovska (pictured). About two kilometres outside the town of Moldava nad Bodvou, a dirt road is the lone entry point to this 800-person settlement on a rough patch of scrubland shielded from the main street. Police claimed to seek seven men, who were either criminals-at-large or suspects in open cases. As they...Continue reading

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