What happened: On 21.11.2020, at the Police Station Gjorce Petrov, several police officers detained eight minors, aged 14 to 17. The police acted upon a report according to which at 9:30 p.m. that same day, near a coffee bar, several individuals assaulted two minors, who were accompanied by three of their friends, with hard objects. The reason for the assault and the consequent fight was the different ethnicity of the minors. The police station informed us that charges are going to be pressed once the case is solved.
Brief description of the incident with bias indicators: In this incident the bias motive is the assumed ethnic origin since the assault took place because the boys spoke different languages, with the bias indicators being:
- Language – the minors in question spoke a different language from the attackers;
- Ethnic origin – the individuals involved belonged to different ethnicities.
Impact on the victims and the community: These types of incidents call into question the general safety in the country and the cohabitation among the different ethnic and linguistic groups in society.