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Czech Republic: Projectiles fired at Romani people at the Máj housing estate

České Budějovice, 7.8.2013 22:52, (ROMEA)
V. Volf Street at the Máj housing estate in České Budějovice. (PHOTO:  Google Maps)
V. Volf Street at the Máj housing estate in České Budějovice. (PHOTO: Google Maps)

Last Saturday evening at the Máj housing estate in České Budějovice, someone used either a popgun or a slingshot to fire projectiles at a small group of Romani people. Fortunately, no one was physically injured.

One of the shots broke the window of a passing automobile. The incident took place on V. Volf Street as the Romani people were coming home from swimming.

"On Saturday at around 8 PM we were coming back from the swimming pool. As we made it up to our home on the seventh floor I heard two shots. It sounded like they were fired from a pistol or a small-bore rifle," Roman Slivka, the South Bohemian Regional Romani Coordinator, who lives at the Máj housing estate, described the dramatic moment to news server Romea.cz.

"We called the police. A patrol arrived a moment later, but they did not believe us when we said shots had been fired. While we were dealing with them, someone fired the weapon again and broke the back window of a car that was driving by. They started to believe us then, but later they told us that someone probably was using a slingshot. They went to look for the perpetrator, but they have not managed to determine who fired the shots," Slivka told news server Romea.cz.

The police say they immediately began to search the surrounding buildings after arriving at the scene in order to find the shooter, but were unsuccessful. "Officers from the Čtyři Dvory district department are investigating the damage done to a Škoda Octavia on Saturday at around 9 PM on V. Volf Street in the regional capital. An unidentified troublemaker broke the rear window of the company-owned car, causing damages in excess of CZK 4 000," South Bohemian Regional Police spokesperson Lenka Holická said of the incident.

Police also say it is not yet clear what the shooter used to fire the shot. "From the report it seems that the damage to the vehicle was evidently caused by using an air gun, but the results of the investigation do not rule out the use of an ordinary slingshot," Holická said, adding that police for now are investigating the incident as one of disorderly conduct.

This is not the first time shots have been fired at Romani people on the grounds of the housing estate. In 2006 a perpetrator shot juggling diabolos from a popgun at several Romani people on V. Volf Street and hit them.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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