Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS BRIEFS

Skinheads attack Romanies the evening before presidential elections

Four days after the first round of presidential elections and five days after the actual incident occurred, Slovak media reported that skinheads in Handlová (central Slovakia) attacked six Romanies on Friday evening, demolishing a pub in a gypsy suburb of the town.

In their report on public order during election day, the police did not mention the incident despite the fact that one of the Romanies suffered a brain concussion and had to be treated in a hospital. When questioned by media later, police confirmed that there was an incident but refused to provide details.

According to media reports, the skinheads continued to threaten to kill one of the Romanies even after emergency service personnel arrived at the bar. Local police said the skinheads were "detained and questioned".

Racially motivated attacks against Romanies in Slovakia happen with the greatest frequency in central Slovakia, with the most occurring in Prievidza and Banská Bystrica.

Top stories

Gilden: Take the negative and make a positive from it Photo

The works of New York native, photographer Bruce Gilden, who has worked for five decades in the streets of the biggest cities, are on exhibit in the Kunsthalle (House of Arts) in Bratislava.

Bruce Gilden: Feast of San Gennero, Little Italy, 1984.

The ongoing struggle for a free and democratic Slovakia

The people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.

Illustrative stock photo

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 24 and December 3, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Christmas Markets Bratislava

Robert Fico has lost the electoral magic he once had Plus

But his party can still bounce back if they do the things that make parties resilient.

Robert Fico claims that Smer won the regional elections because it is the party with the most chairs in regional councils.