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Flag burning should be made a crime, cabinet decides

Burning a national flag could be made a custodial offence in Slovakia, according to a cabinet-approved proposal to amend the Penal Code.

Burning a national flag could be made a custodial offence in Slovakia, according to a cabinet-approved proposal to amend the Penal Code.

It would make a person found guilty of defaming not just Slovakia’s state symbols but those of other countries liable to up to three years in jail, announced Prime Minister Robert Fico. Flag burning is currently treated as disorderly conduct.

The cabinet approved the proposal on November 19, in response to recent discussions about how to deal with extremism and disorderly conduct at sports stadiums.

Experts and NGOs have criticised the proposal. SITA

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