Boycott of school in asylum seekers town

Residents of Banja Koviljača in western Serbia this morning decided not to send their children to school, in protest over "uncontrolled inflow of immigrants".

Izvor: B92

Monday, 07.11.2011.

10:22

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Residents of Banja Koviljaca in western Serbia this morning decided not to send their children to school, in protest over "uncontrolled inflow of immigrants". Local Lotel TV journalist Svetlana Ilic told B92 that only eight out of some 400 students showed up this morning for classes at the town's elementary school. Boycott of school in asylum seekers town A committee formed by parents and other citizens on Sunday organized a protest rally against what they said was a large number of foreign immigrants currently housed in that small town. Banja Koviljaca is also a spa and a tourist resort. The committee will meet again on Monday evening, and will call for the Parents' Council to meet on Tuesday and "decide on the next steps to be taken". On Sunday, they demanded urgent removal of all illegal immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as the Asylum Center located in the spa. The protesters called on Interior Minister Ivica Dacuc and Commissioner for Refugees Vladimir Cucic to visit Banja Koviljaca and discuss the issue with the citizens. The rally on Sunday was spurred by a recent incident, when five Afghani immigrants were accused of raping a British woman. According to police data from the nearby town of Loznica, the Asylum Center - which has the capacity to house 80 persons - is currently home to more than 2,500 asylum seekers from Asian and African countries. The local authorities previously on several occasions turned to the Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic for help in resolving the issue, but since there were no concrete steps taken by the state institutions the citizens decided to organize themselves, said reports. The protest rally in Banja Koviljaca on Sunday (Tanjug)

Boycott of school in asylum seekers town

A committee formed by parents and other citizens on Sunday organized a protest rally against what they said was a large number of foreign immigrants currently housed in that small town.

Banja Koviljača is also a spa and a tourist resort.

The committee will meet again on Monday evening, and will call for the Parents' Council to meet on Tuesday and "decide on the next steps to be taken".

On Sunday, they demanded urgent removal of all illegal immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as the Asylum Center located in the spa.

The protesters called on Interior Minister Ivica Dačuć and Commissioner for Refugees Vladimir Cucić to visit Banja Koviljača and discuss the issue with the citizens.

The rally on Sunday was spurred by a recent incident, when five Afghani immigrants were accused of raping a British woman.

According to police data from the nearby town of Loznica, the Asylum Center - which has the capacity to house 80 persons - is currently home to more than 2,500 asylum seekers from Asian and African countries.

The local authorities previously on several occasions turned to the Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković for help in resolving the issue, but since there were no concrete steps taken by the state institutions the citizens decided to organize themselves, said reports.

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