Macedonia Roma Protest against Police Brutality
20 November 2007
In an article published on 14 August 2007, the Macedonia newspaper Dnevnik reported that Roma protested in Kumanovo against police brutality.
Hundreds of Romani "beggars" reportedly protested in front of the First Instance Court in Kumanovo on the same day because they had reportedly been mistreated by police at the Jazince border point; physically abused and verbally offended. The Roma claimed that police used physical interventions to get them away from the border point where they beg, which is their only source of income, Dnevnik reported. The Romani protesters demanded that the police release Mr Naser Alitovski, who was being held in police custody on suspicion of beating a police officer at the border point.