Slovakia: Romani girl's racist Facebook post under investigation by authorities

"Fortunately no Roma were living there, just gadje [non-Roma]," 16-year-old Baška Siváková posted to a Facebook group called "Modlitební skupina" ("Prayer Group"), adding the emoji of a heart. Slovak police specialists on extremism and hate speech have already begun reviewing the racist statement.

Siváková was referring to the prefabricated apartment building in Prešov, Slovakia where eight people perished after a gas explosion (rescue workers have not yet found the body of one of those presumed dead). Many people are condemning her online, including other Roma, but non-Roma are also reacting to the post with racism.

Hateful commentaries like these have also been investigated by the Czech Police. The case of the class photo of first-graders at a primary school in Teplice is one of the better-known examples.

After the photo of the children, who were of Arab, Romani and Vietnamese origin, appeared on social media, some social media users began to call them !suicide assassins. Others proposed gassing them, inspired by the fact that the school is on "Gasworks Street" (Plynárenská ulice).


Ivan Maksutovic: "They stripped me naked, beat me and tortured me, threatened to kill my son, and they filmed it on the phone"

Ivan Maksutovic (47) from Leskovac, SJ and MM on Wednesday, December 4, they were taken by car to the Morava River near the village of Manjolovec for suspicion that they had stolen a tool they had been working on together. They stripped him naked, revived him, threatened to throw him into the river, and recorded everything on their cellphones.

They made him admit that he and his son had stolen the tool and beat him up. When they called his son on the phone, Ivan's wife called and threatened to report them to the police.

"I got dressed, was forced to kneel down and threatened with a revolver in my head that they would kill me. I begged and cried not to kill me and that I have children and grandchildren, ”Ivan Maksutovic says.

They threatened him not to report the case, that they would cut off his son's prostitutes and kill him. Then they left him by the car by the car and left.

Fearful of threats he did not want to report, but at the behest of his wife and neighbors, he reported the case on December 9.
Police immediately found the perpetrators and confiscated their cellphone, where the videos were also found.

Police confirmed the incident but did not provide specific information, while Ivan Maksutovic suffered from fear that he was undergoing treatment in a neuropsychiatry department at Leskovac General Hospital.



TV BTR National - 27 years of its existence

On December 13, 1992, the BTR-National was broadcast for the first time in the media in the Republic of Macedonia. First as a radio, then as a television with its own 24 hour program.

In fact, it was the first Roma media in the world with its own full-day program. Years later this medium has grown into a recognizable TV house with its own program of every caliber - informative cultural, entertaining, musical and educational.

At that time BTR-Nacional TV was established among the leading media in the country, and after its audience, which despite being Roma, was watched by all nationalities.

A decade later BTR-National TV went up one level and was the first Roma satellite media to have its own program

For all these years BTR-National has been the author of many program packages and thousands of hours of TV, documentary and film programs of all profiles.

Even today, BTR TV has left indelible marks on the audience who still remember that day with nostalgia. The founder and owner of Zoran Dimov, who by pure coincidence is also his 13th birthday, is credited with the success of the 100 employees who profiled through that television.
Happy Birthday Zoran Dimov and TV BTR-Nacional!


“Sky, Wheel, Land” also crossed Scandinavia

In the past week, the BTR Production team has had its documentary filming in Scandinavia, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

Those familiar with Roma culture, history, and identities in this part of Europe spoke of migration, the status of religion and the function of the Roma people as an important segment in those societies, as well as scholars of Roma history from Moldova and France.

Interlocutors were Cristina Raducanu from Moldova. Lars Demeter of Norway, Miranda Vuolasranta of Finland, Michael Demeter of Denmark, Martin Selinger of France, Abigal Hocking of Britain, Gregor Julson of Sweden, Angelina Dimitré-Taikon of Finland, and others.

All in all a wonderful ornament from northern Europe.

FaLang translation system by Faboba


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