A Roma settlement near Serbia’s town of Pozega woke up on 13 January to the site of swastikas sprayed all over traffic signs, phone poles, fences and walls. In case some of the 700 Roma citizens who live in Loviste failed to get the message, the perpetrators of this hate crime also wrote on one pole, “Gypsies, out of Serbia.”

Serbian authorities promised to find the perpetrators and put them on trial. Let’s keep reminding them of this promise until they fulfil it.

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Tihomir Loza

Tihomir Loza is deputy director of Transitions Online. Email: tihomir.loza@tol.org

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