About 150 young men with shaved heads yesterday celebrated the anniversary of the foundation of the 1939-1945 Slovak wartime fascist state. After gathering at the grave of former President Jozef Tiso, a Catholic priest who presided over the deportation of 70,000 Slovak Jews to death camps, the group traveled to the Presidential Palace in downtown Bratislava where they listened to nationalist speeches. Police presence was strong, with police corps vice president Ľudovít Zapletaj telling journalists that if any of the attendees began giving Nazi salutes or otherwise promoting racism, police would step in. Shortly after his words police arrested a young man throwing Nazi salutes and shouting racist words in from of the Hotel Forum. Another six youths were later rounded up for various acts of violence as the meeting dispersed through the streets of the capital.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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15. Mar 2002 at 9:52