The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia (YIHR Serbia) today asked the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia and the Prosecutor’s Office to act in accordance with the law regarding the attack on two members of the technical staff of the ITD Theater in Zagreb, which took place on Tuesday, December 20, in Novi Sad. it was stated in the announcement.

They also asked the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and Youth and the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue of the Government of Serbia to take concrete steps towards the institutional suppression of this type of violence.

“According to the publication of the artistic association ‘Arterarij’, after the performance of ‘Bura’ at the ‘Synergy World Theater’ festival of the Novi Sad Theater Ujvideki Szinhaz, two members of the technical staff of the team were physically attacked. Several young men shouted ‘Ustasha, what are you here for?’ while they were being beaten. Two members of the team were treated in a hospital in Novi Sad and the attack was reported to the police,” the statement reads.

YIHR Serbia stated that ethnically motivated attacks are a direct consequence of impunity for violence, hate speech and the spread of fear and intolerance towards minority groups in the media and strongly condemned the attack on the Zagreb theater staff.

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