Flyers With Hate Speech against the Roma

BELGRADE – The police are working to find out who was responsible for creating flyers with hate speech against the Roma in Serbia, and the Republic of Serbia will not tolerate any form of discrimination, the Serbian Ministry of Interior (MUP) said in a statement on Monday. MUP made the statement after the organization ‘Srbska akcija’ (Serbian Action) placed leaflets in the mailboxes across Belgrade over the weekend that contained hate speech against the Roma national minority, and these leaflets were distributed in other cities as well. “The police are making their best efforts in cooperation with the competent public prosecutor’s office to find and identify the persons responsible for creating and distributing the flyers of the organization ‘Srbska akcija’, which openly call for violence, lynching and hate speech against members of the Roma nationality,” the Ministry of Interior said. The ministry also said that the police would protect the freedom and security of all citizens regardless of their ethnic, political, religious or any other orientation. The flyers, signed by the organization ‘Srbska akcija’ (Serbian Action), fed into Serbian citizens’ mailboxes, contain hate speech against the Roma minority and open calls for violence and lynching. The views expressed in the leaflets, stating that “spreading of wild Gypsy settlements,” which constitute “inhuman neighborhoods” and which, by their moving to clean neighborhoods, can only bring “unbearable stench, quarrels, fights, and rising crime rates,” represent not only an affront to human dignity, but also a serious form of racial discrimination, which is prohibited by law, said Serbia’s Commissioner for Protection of Equality Nevena Petrusic on Monday. 

 

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