Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, speaking on TV Markíza's 'Na Telo' weekly political show on Sunday, May 23, praised the police as being well prepared for Slovakia's first-ever gay and lesbian parade, which began under the name Rainbow Pride on Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava last Saturday.
The police are responsible for law and order, which they ensured, said Kaliňák in reference to extremists who attempted to disrupt the event. Bratislava regional police spokesperson Tatiana Kurucová told the TASR newswire that 29 people were brought in for questioning after the event, which involved around 200 officers from various police branches, including traffic police and dog-handlers. Among the 29 arrested were 17 who tried to block the New Bridge (Nový Most) to prevent the parade participants from crossing the Danube River to the Tyršovo Embankment, hurling rocks at police and using tear gas in the process.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. May 2010 at 15:00