About 500 people participated in a march called “Together for a Decent and Safe Life” which took place on October 13 in Bratislava. The whole event ended without incident, the police told the SITA newswire reported.

The march was organised by Oskar Dobrovodský, whose conflicts with his so-called “inadaptable” [a term used by some Slovaks to describe Roma] neighbours in Malacky have been covered extensively by the media, and Marián Mišún, a close collaborator of right-wing extremist Marián Kotleba, who currently serves as a local police officer in Púchov. The participants, consisting mainly of extremists and supporters of the prohibited Slovenská Pospolitosť, marched from the Main Railway Station to the Bratislava Castle, accompanied by police patrols.

Part of the planned route was blocked by human rights activists and their supporters, including publicists Eduard Chmelár and Michal Havran, and european parliament member Monila Flašíková-Beňová with her husband, businessman Fedor Flašík, who created a human chain in an attempt to stop the march. Yet, they were urged by the deputy mayor of Bratislava Old Town, Ján Krta, to stop blocking the march as its organisers reported the rally to authorities sooner than the activists.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that in one country, especially after the European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize, that fascists marched through Bratislava,” said Flašíková-Beňová, as quoted by SITA.

She added that the interference of police was inadequate, saying that she does not understand why the police stopped the activists instead of the extremists.

Source: SITA, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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