Protesting Slovak truckers say they will not back off from their demands

The Union of Slovak Road Transporters (UNAS) doesn't intend to back off from its protest alert, UNAS organisation committee member Jaroslav Polaček said at an anti-government gathering 'We Like This Country' in Bratislava on the evening of February 25, the TASR newswire wrote.

The Union of Slovak Road Transporters (UNAS) doesn't intend to back off from its protest alert, UNAS organisation committee member Jaroslav Polaček said at an anti-government gathering 'We Like This Country' in Bratislava on the evening of February 25, the TASR newswire wrote.

“We won't cease nor moderate our actions. Tomrrow morning is very important for us, as we still don't know what will happen at the Transport Ministry,” Polaček told the rally at SNP Square attended by around 200 people, as quoted by TASR.

He explained that his organisation has asked the ministry to permit it to attend the talks scheduled for February 26 involving other transportation organisations, the road toll provider, SkyToll, and the National Highway Company (NDS).

A spokesman for the Transport Ministry told TASR that Minister Ľubomír Vážny may meet with representatives of UNAS but not at the same time as with the other group. The spokesman indicated earlier this week that the road-toll system may be re-launched in full on Monday, March 1.

Other people gathered at the meeting were mostly students dissatisfied with the current administration. Originally, organisers wanted the whole Slovak opposition to take part in the rally, Sme daily wrote, but they had to change the plans. Signatures for the petitions against e-toll collection and the oil pipeline proposed to cross the Žitný ostrov regions were also collected. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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