July 11, 2014

A group of young people attacked in Vlae (verified)

incidents committed due to ethnicity

What happened: Several young Albanian boys from Nerezi were attacked in Vlae. The incident
occurred in the vicinity of the Sports Field in Vlae, when seven or eight perpetrators threw stones at
them, injuring two of the boys. The security service of the Sports Field notified the Police.

Date, time and location of the incident: July 11th, 00:45hrs, Vlae, Skopje.
Source of information: Local electronic media portallab.mk.
Victim(s) involved: A group of Albanian boys from Nerezi, Skopje.
Type of the crime(s): Severe Bodily Harm Art. 131 CCRM, Violence (Art.386), Endangerment of safety
Perpetrator(s): A group of seven or eight perpetrators, presumably Macedonian.
Brief description of incident with bias indicators: The bias motive in this incident is ethnic origin,
citizenship or language, and the bias indicators in this incident are:
1. Presumed difference between victim and perpetrator on ethnic grounds – the media shared the information
that the victims are from Nerezi (predominant Albanian community), and the incident occurred in
the vicinity of Vlae Sports Field (predominant Macedonian community).
2. Nature of violence – the incident was carried out in public.
3. Lack of other motives.

Status of the case: Criminal charges pressed.
Response of local authorities: The Ministry of Interior stated via Answer upon a Request for
information of public character sent by the Committee that they have filled criminal charges against
unknown perpetrator for the act of “violence”.
Impact on the victim(s) and the community: This type of incidents brings into question the general
security situation in the country and the cohabitation between the different ethnic communities in
the society.

Vlae, Skopje
Location Name
Vlae, Skopje

Number of victims
Number of Perpetrators
Status of the case
Under investigation
Type of incident?
Serious threat Bodily injury Physical attack (assault) Violence
Incident location
How did the police react?
They investigated the incident
Have there been similar incidents / crimes in the same location?
A group of young people attacked in Vlae (verified) image

Criminal offences

Against Life and Body
Bodily Injury
Against Freedoms and Rights
Criminal threatening
Against the Public Order


Nationality Ethnic origin