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February 9, 2023

Heads of Romanian communities in Serbia, attacked

Two leaders of Romanian communities in Serbia were the target of armed attacks on Sunday night, according to Mediafax news agency. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the separate attacks, which the two leaders say are based on ethnic or religious reasons. The men who were attacked are Viorel Besu, head of the Romanian Alliance in Vojvodina and mayor of Jankov Most, and Dragoslav Mariacic, head of the Democratic Party of Romanians in Serbia. In both cases, yet unidentified assailants opened fire on the two leaders’ houses, a few hours apart from each other on Sunday night. “I don’t know who it was, I don’t have any suspects (…). I guess it was for ethnic reasons, but nothing like this ever happened before,” Besu told the news agency.

In his turn, Mariacic said he notified the police about the incident and that he has no idea who could be behind the attack. “I think it’s a politic and ethnic reason and has to do with the fact that we have begun to build a Romanian church,” he said. The Romanian Foreign Ministry voiced concern for the situation and said Serbian authorities are investigating the attacks.


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