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.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. May 2010 at 14:00