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Slovak MP seeks answers about violence against human rights protesters

Members of the governing coalition have thwarted an initiative by opposition deputy Vladimír Palko from the Christian-Democratic Party who demanded that Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák explain on Tuesday, June 23, at the ongoing plenary session of Slovak parliament why, in addition to Slovak police, members of Chinese security forces intervened against Slovak human rights demonstrators outside of the Presidential Palace on June 18, the SITA newswire reported.

Members of the governing coalition have thwarted an initiative by opposition deputy Vladimír Palko from the Christian-Democratic Party who demanded that Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák explain on Tuesday, June 23, at the ongoing plenary session of Slovak parliament why, in addition to Slovak police, members of Chinese security forces intervened against Slovak human rights demonstrators outside of the Presidential Palace on June 18, the SITA newswire reported.

The protestors had gathered close to the Presidential Palace to draw attention to human rights violations in the People's Republic of China. The protest took place during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Bratislava and several protestors were arrested as well as being forcefully handled by members of the Chinese president’s security forces. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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