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EuroCOP is watching Interior Minister's reactions to police protest

THE EUROPEAN Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) is closely monitoring the Slovak interior minister's actions against protesting policemen and it appealed on him to re-evaluate his response, the SITA news wire reported.

EuroCOP’s president Heinz Kiefer, in an official reaction, condemned Interior Minister Vladimír Palko's steps, calling them an inappropriate intervention into the legitimate rights of police trade unions.

The police trade union in Slovakia organized a protest rally for better wages last week.

According to Kiefer, Palko intends to reintroduce authoritative structures in Slovakia, the EuroCOP press department informed SITA.

Kiefer criticizes the Slovak Interior Ministry for demoting police trade union chairman Miroslav Litva following the protest rally.

"When I learned about it, I had to look into my calendar and check in what century we live," said Kiefer.

He also condemned Palko's threat to dismiss every policeman who may participate in other protests.

"The right to disagree without fear of demotion is one of the basic preconditions of the effective conduct of collective rights," said Kiefer.

EuroCOP joins together 27 national police trade union organizations from nineteen European countries. It represents the interests of more than 600,000 European police officers.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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