North Macedonia: Roma rally on police brutality

Riot police face protesters who took part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Countless Roma protested against police brutality from North Macedonia’s second-largest city Saturday.

A group of kids gave flowers to officers that cordoned off the building.

The demonstration came after the nation’s Avaja nongovernmental company posted a movie on social websites supposedly revealing a police officer viciously beating and kicking a Roma man in Bitola per week ago.

“That is a gesture of reconciliation and we need no more these events to take place.

North Macedonia’s interior minister earlier said two police officers were suspended within the beating. Human rights groups stated beatings are a disturbingly regular occurrence.

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski stated among those officers was charged with unjustified use of force. His colleague has been suspended for allegedly doing nothing to prevent the beating of this guy, who was involved in an auto accident.

“The Interior Ministry strongly condemns any event of violence, particularly when it’s perpetrated by a police officer,” Spasovski explained. “No such action could be justified.”

Roma constitutes roughly 2.7percent of North Macedonia’s 2.1 million individuals.