Tag: roma
Macedonia 03.09.21 | 18:44

Bajram Berat has died aged 64

The family of politician Bajram Berat (64) report that he has died yesterday. Berat was one of the leading Roma politicians in Macedonia, and was President of the PCER party – the first Roma party in Macedonia – from 1997 until 1999. A trained officer and epidemiologist, Berat also worked...

Macedonia 31.08.21 | 18:34

SDSM activists filmed bribing Roma voters in Stip

SDSM party activists are bribing poor Roma families in Stip ahead of the coming local elections, VMRO-DPMNE officials in the city alleged today, sharing photographs as evidence. According to Ljube Zdravkov from VMRO-DPMNE, the SDSM activists were operating under the guise of the Red Cross. This is common...

Macedonia 02.05.21 | 09:42

13 year old girl returned home after eloping with her 16 year old boyfriend

Bitola police returned a 13 year old girl who eloped with her 16 year old boyfriend to Bitola. The girl is from the majority Roma district of Shuto Orizari north of Skopje. Her mother reported her missing with the police, who acted to bring her back home. She declared that her relationship with the boyfriend...

Macedonia 12.04.21 | 09:08

Roma and Macedonian groups clashed in Kocani overnight, shots were fired

A serious armed incident occurred in Kocani yesterday evening, between Macedonian and Roma citizens. A Roma man was found stealing during the evening curfew, and chased away. Shortly after, he returned with a group of men who were carrying sticks and metal rods, intent on attacking the Macedonian men...

Macedonia 19.03.21 | 18:03

Roma man brutally beaten in Strumica says that the attackers were from Zoran Zaev’s security detail

Igor Vckov, the Roma man from Strumica who was brutally beaten yesterday, spoke out today about the assault. Vckov blamed the attack on the men from a security company that is linked to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev – who was Mayor of Strumica for a decade and practically runs the city. Vckov said...

Macedonia 18.03.21 | 19:50

Attack in Strumica: Roma man was brutally beaten by Zaev’s bodyguards

With the police still silent over the brutal beating in Strumica, an official from a People’s Roma Party revealed that the attacked person is a Roma and the leader of the attackers was a local thug close to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Zaev was Mayor of Strumica for a decade and he and his family...

Macedonia 12.02.21 | 11:21

Government settles with the families of two Roma who died in prison

Macedonia agreed to paid a small sum in damages to the families of two men, both Roma, who died while in prison. The families used through the European Court of Human Rights, alleging that their loved ones were abused, mistreated and tortured to death. One of them is Andrias Redzepov, who died aged 21...

Macedonia 21.11.20 | 16:26

Video of an attack of Roma citizens of Kocani against the police published online

Video footage of an incident that occurred 10 days ago in Kocani was revealed today. It shows several Roma citizens of Kocani fighting with police officers. The Interior Ministry informed that after the incident, three Roma men were detained. The incident broke out over a police raid at the Kocani market. Several...

Macedonia 05.11.20 | 15:29

Mickoski condemns Zaev for his decision to exclude the Roma community from the Government

After a long period, the Roma community has been deprived a seat at the top of the executive, said opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski on the world day of the Romani language. It was tradition in Macedonia to keep a seat on the Government for a representative of the Roma community, who would be able...

Macedonia 28.09.20 | 22:13

EU condemns police brutality incident in Bitola while Interior Minister Spasovski says the case is under investigation

A European Commission spokesperson condemned the recent police brutality incident against several Roma men in Bitola. Ana Pisonero said that the Commission has noted that the Government has condemned the incident and that it expects to see those responsible brought before the face of justice. The incident...

Macedonia 26.09.20 | 11:51

Roma groups protest in Bitola after a brutal police beating

Protests are scheduled to take place in Bitola today, after the beating of three Roma men by the police on Tuesday. The men were in a drunken accident close to a police patrol, and instead of receiving assistance, the officers started punching and kicking them. The footage of the incident caused outrage...

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 15:07

Shocking video shows brutal police attack on a Roma man

A Roma rights organization posted a video showing police brutally attacking a Roma man, who is thrown to the ground and one officer slaps and kicks him while he is down. Полициска бруталност врз Ромите РОМИТЕ НЕ СЕ ГРАЃАНИ ОД ВТОР РЕД! #МожетеПовеќеМожетеПолошоУжаснати...

Macedonia 19.09.20 | 11:57

Saliu: The government bought the votes of the Roma in the elections

In the past elections, there was a massive bribery of Roma voters by the government. Money was offered, as well as expired food. With the arrival of this government, the Roma are placed on the margins of society, Shaban Saliu, president of the Democratic Forces of Roma said in an interview with “Republika”. He...

Macedonia 15.07.20 | 20:44

Turnout low in Skopje’s largest Roma community

Turnout is low in majority Albanian districts across Macedonia, indicating difficulties for dual citizenship holders and the Albanian diaspora to come to Macedonia because of the coronavirus restrictions, but the latest SEC data shows that Skopje’s largest Roma municipality is also voting well...

Macedonia 07.07.20 | 22:44

Leaked audio shows SDSM activists buying Roma votes in Prilep

A leaked audio conversation between two SDSM party activists in Prilep proves the practice of bribing poor Roma voters across Macedonia to vote for the ruling party. The activists, reportedly Aleksandar Spirkoski – Dzemo and Bajram Rifatoski discuss a sum of 13.000 EUR that was used to buy votes...

Sport 03.07.20 | 10:23

Nestorovski scores for Udinese in its 2:0 win over Roma

Ilija Nestorovski scored the second goal in the 2:0 win his Udinese team won over Roma. In the 70 minute Nestorovski received a debt pass from De Paul and hammered it in. The first goal was scored by Kevin Lasagna in the 12 minute. Udinese also had the advantage of playing against a 10 men Roma for an...

Macedonia 24.06.20 | 16:50

SDSM activists filmed bribing voters in Gostivar with food parcels

SDSM party activists were filmed distributing packages with food to poor, mainly Roma voters in a part of the city of Gostivar. With the election campaign officially beginning today, footage such as this makes it clear that SDSM will continue to buy votes in the poorest areas in Macedonia, using food...

Macedonia 20.06.20 | 17:15

Police interrogates fellow officer and SDSM activist who filmed bribing Roma voters in Skopje

Skopje police officers interrogated one of their policemen who was filmed bribing voters in the majority Roma municipality of Shuto Orizari. The poor part of the city is targeted by the ruling SDSM party that is trying to buy votes there ahead of the elections on July 17. SDSM activists filmed bribing...

Macedonia 19.06.20 | 15:25

SDSM activists filmed bribing Roma voters in Skopje

SDSM party activists were filmed giving bribes to poor families in Skopje’s majority Roma Shuto Orizari district. The video, published today, shows a man giving up to 1.700 denars (30EUR) to people instructed to vote SDSM at the coming elections. The posters of the video allege that the bribery...

Macedonia 19.06.20 | 13:03

Scandal: SDSM holds a party meeting in the Skopje prison, prisoners promised early release if they support the ruling party

Shocking footage was shared from the Idrizovo prison in Skopje. A gathering of mostly Roma prisoners, led by Jane Tica, a well known local criminal, was held under SDSM party symbols and in it the prisoners pledge to work for the ruling party. Идризово 2 Втора скандалозна...

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