Anti-Gypsy clashes in Serbia; 14 hurt



Anti-Gypsy clashes in Serbia; 14 hurt Belgrade: Police say 14 people have been injured in clashes between policemen and stone-hurling rioters protesting the building of a Gypsy settlement in a Belgrade suburb.

The force said on Monday 12 officers and two protesters were hurt in the clashes on Sunday. About 20 protesters were arrested.

Police were trying to protect the construction of a settlement for the Gypsies, or Roma, who are to be moved from their slum in a downtown part of Belgrade.

There are an estimated 500,000 Gypsies living in Serbia, or about seven percent of the population. Since 2009, at least seven forced evictions of informal Roma settlements have taken place in the capital.

Many of the Roma have fled Kosovo after the 1999 war there. They often face harassment from Serbian extremist and nationalist groups.

Bureau Report