Parliament adopts declaration against extremism

THE SLOVAK parliament adopted a declaration against extremism and intolerance at its session on September 6.

All political parties except for the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) supported the declaration, the Sme daily wrote. The declaration was passed with the support of 112 MPs of the 140 present, with 28 abstentions.

According to the SDKÚ's Eduard Kukan, the government should not duck responsibility for recent events in Slovakia, including attacks by extremists on ethnic Hungarians, on parliament. According to the SDKÚ, the recent tensions between Slovakia and Hungary were caused by concrete politicians rather than the citizens of the two countries.

Ján Slota, the leader of the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS), a member of the ruling coalition, was not present at the vote. Slota’s anti-Hungarian statements and policies have been linked to the recent rash of extremist behaviour.

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