Former Czech astronaut addresses Communist May Day rally in Zvolen

Around 200 people, thought to be mostly curious about the first Czechoslovak astronaut Vladimír Remek, gathered at a Communist May Day rally in Zvolen in Banská Bystrica region on Saturday, May 1. Remek, 61, who is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM), recalled the times when he as an air-force pilot used to fly over Zvolen (which is near the military airport Sliač).

Around 200 people, thought to be mostly curious about the first Czechoslovak astronaut Vladimír Remek, gathered at a Communist May Day rally in Zvolen in Banská Bystrica region on Saturday, May 1.

Remek, 61, who is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM), recalled the times when he as an air-force pilot used to fly over Zvolen (which is near the military airport Sliač).

He cautioned the rally participants against what he described as dangers of the “reign of big-capital interests”, which he said represents a threat to their human and civil rights.

“The dividing line nowadays doesn’t lie between nations and ethnic groups, but between big-capital interests and workers,” he stated from the rostrum, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Remek in 1978 became the first non-Soviet or non-American to fly a manned mission into space. He was followed by a representative of the Socialist Association of Youth (SZM) who called on the participants to combat capitalism; not with weapons in their hands, however, but rather through discussions on the internet, for example.

At the end of the rally, a Slovak Communist party (KSS) official issued a resolution demanding the introduction of progressive taxation, a ban on lay-offs and the abolition of the Nation’s Memory Institute, which primarily focuses on crimes of the Communist era in Slovakia between 1948 and 1989.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Three rounds of testing should take place before Christmas

The first round will be nationwide and should take place in two weeks.

Who was behind the sale of one of the biggest banks in Slovakia

The largest law firms were involved in several innovative projects, too.

Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?

For the first time, the ranking also provides an overview in partial categories of law.

Using only antigen tests for mass testing was the right move, says American mathematician

The rounds of testing work like the layers of a filter, removing a large fraction of infected individuals in each round, says Daniel Larremore.

Free antigen testing