THE CHAIRMAN of the extremist Hungarian group 64 Regions, Laszlo Toroczkai, was detained by the Slovak police in front of the Interior Ministry in Bratislava on September 16.
Toroczkai was trying to acquaint journalists with his movement’s objections to recent "nationalist incidents" in Slovakia.
“Since Toroczkai didn't respect the decision of Bratislava Old Town's Mayor Peter Čiernik to forbid the group to hold a public gathering, the police proceeded according to the law and escorted Toroczkai to a police station," Bratislava police spokesperson Dáša Kollárová told the TASR news agency.
"I cancelled the 10 buses of demonstrators, and I only have a banner here that was supposed to be at the front of our procession," Toroczkai affirmed. "I'm alone here, this is not a demonstration.”
According to the police and the Old Town mayor, however, as the organiser of a banned demonstration, Toroczkai had a status different from that of an ordinary tourist. The police requested that he leave the area, and when he didn't comply, took him to the police station.
The sole aim of 64 Regions is the negation of the outcome of the peace conference at the end of the First World War, which was signed at the Trianon palace in Versailles in 1920. The group does not recognise the verdict, through which Hungary lost two-thirds of its former territory, which consisted of 64 regions. Of its former population of 18 million, only 7.6 million remained within the new borders of Hungary.
18. Sep 2006 at 12:06