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Roma in eastern Slovakia protest welfare cuts

Roma Riot For Rights
To protest the halving of their social benefits, thousands of unemployed Roma in eastern Slovakia went on a spree of looting and rioting. Police and military units struggled to restore order, with the worst clashes coming in Trebisov, where groups of Roma threw rocks and bottles. Roma leaders called off protests to prevent further violence and the government agreed to pay the reduced benefits weekly instead of monthly. Prime Minister Mikulás Dzurinda defended the cuts: "For 30 years, there was not enough courage to consider whether it was normal and sustainable for those who don't...

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