Prime Minister Robert Fico said he strictly condemns any demonstrations of intolerance, extremism and racism and fully identifies himself with the efforts of the Interior Ministry to outlaw the ultra-right-wing organisation Slovenská Pospolitosť (Slovak Togetherness).
Fico was speaking on August 5 in reaction to news about appeals made by Roma organisations to the President, Government and the European Union for help against Slovak extremists. He warned that the Slovak police will not tolerate any violation of public order or any other behaviour that is forbidden by Slovak law, specifically referring to any demonstration of Nazi or racist sympathies.
According to Vice-Prime Minister for Knowledge-based Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities Dušan Čaplovič, zero tolerance should be used against any demonstrations of intolerance, xenophobia, racism or discrimination. The Slovak Roma Initiative (RIS), speaking to the TASR newswire, called on Slovaks not to be overpowered by racial and ethnical intolerance, which is being "ignited by the self-appointed protectors of the Slovak nation". According to the RIS, people in a civilised society don't succumb to populism and don't take justice into their own hands. At the same time, the RIS apologised to the injured 65-year-old pensioner who was the victim of an alleged attack by teenage Roma boys. The RIS statement described the actions of the boys as 'inexcusable'. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Aug 2009 at 10:00