Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

AROUND SLOVAKIA

Gypsy gravesites vandalised

BANSKÁ BYSTRICA

10 Romany graves were damaged by a group of unknown vandals during the night of January 24 in Banská Bystrica. Tombstones were broken to pieces, flower and candle holders were destroyed and plants were uprooted during the assault on the graves.

"This was not an accident," said one local Romany to the daily paper Sme. The man had discovered the crime and had asked to remain anonymous, fearing potential future attacks on himself and his family. "The fact that our graves, in particular, were destroyed is not a coincidence," he said.

The man claimed that the Romany community of the Banská Bystrica 'Senica District has been repeatedly attacked by skinheads from neighbouring districts. "The issue here is more than material damage," he added. "This is an assault on Romany dignity."

Top stories

No Slovaks among the victims of Manchester attack so far

The representatives of Slovakia have expressed their sympathy to the families of the victims.

Police guard close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain, on May 23, 2017, a day after an explosion.

It's not your Slovakia, Bystrica protesters told Kotleba

President Andrej Kiska spoke to the crowd at the protest gathering, asking Slovaks what kind of country they want to have.

Lajčák gives two versions of the Evka story

The Foreign Ministry gives opposing statements about suspicious procurement related to the Slovak Presidency over the EU Council.

Government of PM Robert Fico (left) endorses Lajčák as its official candidate.

Napoleon’s oak planted in Bratislava's Tyršovo Embankment Photo

An oak of Napoleonic legend was replanted, part of a commemoration spanning several days.

Planting "Naopoleon's oak" on May 20, 2017.