SDKÚ representatives gathered in Myjava (Trenčín region) on September 18 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the first Slovak National Council (SNR) by laying a wreath at the statue of M. R. Štefánik and visiting the SNR Museum.
The official celebrations, which are to be attended by current and former heads of state, take place on September 19. The SDKÚ will have only one representative at this celebration, Vice-Speaker of Parliament Milan Hort.
The SDKÚ used the occasion to lament the current state of affairs.
"At present, when the prime minister and justice minister tell the opposition that their members will be sent to jail, and when the government and parliament seek words of justification for anti-Semitic statements instead of unequivocally rejecting those words, this is a denial of the basic principles of the SNR," the SDKÚ wrote on its website.
The SDKÚ quoted an SNR statement made on September 19, 1848: "As we fight for freedom for the whole nation, we also fight for the rights and freedom of every inhabitant in our country. We want everybody to be equal in the face of the law and courts; we want everybody to be able to strive for what they deserve through their gifts and abilities."
(The central figure in this brief period of revolution against the Hungarian monarchy was Jozef Hurban (1817-88), who was the first Speaker of Parliament. Imperial and Hungarian troops moved in to stamp out the nascent democracy in Slovakia and Hurban became a fugitive in Prague, where he worked clandestinely toward Czecho-Slovak unity – ed. note.) TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Sep 2008 at 7:00