Roma in Kosovo Protest for Investigation of ‘Czech Floyd’ Death

Holding banners with slogans like "We are Tomas", "How many weren't filmed?" and "I can't breathe", protesters marched from Pristina city centre to the Czech Embassy where they called on the Prague authorities to investigate the death last month of Stanislav Tomas, a Czech Roma man.

"We are expressing our concern about [Czech] police brutality and asking for an investigation of the case because Roma in Europe should be respected," said Sebastian Serifovic from local NGO Roma Veritas Kosova.

"Roma are still considered outlaws. Violence against them is not punished but even praised," Avni Mustafa from Roma Veritas Kosova told the protesters in front of the embassy.

Forty-six-year-old Stanislav Tomas died on June 19 in Teplice, a small city in the north-west of the Czech Republic.

Video of the incident shows three police officers trying to control a screaming man as he frantically resists and bystanders call on the police to stop "smothering" him.

The video has sparked anger among Roma organisations and comparisons with the killing of George Floyd in the US.

Protesters march through Pristina. Photo: BIRN.

Photo: BIRN.

Photo: BIRN.

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