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Slovak police officer said to have beaten five Romani children in Krompachy settlement and threatened to shoot them

29.4.2020 7:39
On Monday, 27 April 2020, a police officer is said to have used a truncheon to beat five young children in the Romani settlement of Krompachy, which is currently in quarantine because of COVID-19. According to the children's testimony, the officer is even said to have threatened to shoot them. (PHOTO:  Press TV, Facebook, collage:  Romea.cz)
On Monday, 27 April 2020, a police officer is said to have used a truncheon to beat five young children in the Romani settlement of Krompachy, which is currently in quarantine because of COVID-19. According to the children's testimony, the officer is even said to have threatened to shoot them. (PHOTO: Press TV, Facebook, collage: Romea.cz)

In the Romani settlement of Krompachy, which is currently under quarantine because of COVID-19, a police officer is said to have beaten five young children with a truncheon on Monday. According to the children's testimony, he even threatened to shoot them.

The entire incident is said to have been observed by a soldier in the Slovak Army. The children's mother, Anna Holubová, posted the information to Facebook and it is being reported on by two Romani media outlets in Slovakia, Gipsy Television and Press TV.

A boy age 10 and four girls, two age 7, one age 9 and one age 11, went to collect wood and play near a stream in a location where soldiers had previously allowed them to go. "We went for wood and the cop began to chase us and shouted at us that if we didn't stop he would shoot us. We stopped and he took us into a tunnel and beat us there," one of the little girls described to Press TV while crying.

According to Gipsy Televison, military physicians treated the children. They did not, however, immediately give medical reports about the injuries to the children's parents.

They say the parents will receive the reports from the Defense Ministry. News server Romea.cz also wanted to find out what the Slovak Police have to say about the incident.

The Krompachy Police refused to make a statement about the case and referred Romea.cz to the police spokesperson for Košice, who did not answer her telephone for an entire afternoon. The case should begin to be investigated by the Slovak Interior Ministry's Office of Inspection Services.

"The police inspection knows about the case and will take action once the necessary documentation is delivered," Silvia Keratová of the press department of the Interior Ministry told Gipsy Television. Slovak MP Jarmila Vaňová, a Romani community member with the governing OĽANO party, commented on the case on social media by posting "Children are not for beating".

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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