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Activist posts banner against SNS’s Slota on Bratislava Castle

Activist and businessman Alojz Hlina was detained on August 13 when construction workers repairing the Bratislava Castle called police that Hlina had crept up the castle scaffolding where he and another activist fastened a banner several metres tall criticising the head of the Slovak National Party, the Sme website reported.

Activist and businessman Alojz Hlina was detained on August 13 when construction workers repairing the Bratislava Castle called police that Hlina had crept up the castle scaffolding where he and another activist fastened a banner several metres tall criticising the head of the Slovak National Party, the Sme website reported.

“We believe that after the repair and cleaning, there will be no more Slota and his likes,” the banner read. Workers noticed the unusual bustle only after about 15 minutes and two of them went to negotiate. After several minutes, the banner was peacefully taken down.

This protest is the most recent in a continuing a series of public actions Hlina has staged against what he calls “primitivism in politics”. He asked for a meeting with a representative of the Slovak parliament to whom he intended to hand over a letter with three questions.

The letter asked whether Slovak laws were valid for all, including for Ján Slota, and whether the parliament had a sociological study that would prove that if someone broke the law without consequences, some groups start to take justice in their own hands. However, Hlina failed to hand over the letter because the Slovak parliament’s representative did not show up. Both activists were detained and interrogated. Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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