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Gašparovič: Don’t just talk about democracy and freedom - live it

There are days that sink deep into a nation's consciousness and leave an indelible footprint, said President Ivan Gašparovič on November 17, otherwise known as the Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day.

There are days that sink deep into a nation's consciousness and leave an indelible footprint, said President Ivan Gašparovič on November 17, otherwise known as the Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day.

Speaking at the Tortured Political Prisoners Memorial, a cemetery in Bratislava’s Ružinov district, he said it is always a struggle for a nation to achieve its sovereignty, adding that the goal must be to ensure that totalitarianism or other forms of extremism never rise again.

Archbishop Ján Sokol and SNS MP Rafael Rafaj also delivered speeches, in which they agreed that the political, religious and class oppression present in Slovakia before the Velvet Revolution of 1989 must never be repeated.

The event was organized by the former political prisoners and Anti-Communist Resistance Union. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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