THE CHAIRMAN of the extremist Hungarian group 64 Regions, László 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.
25. Sep 2006 at 0:00 | From press reports