Around 50 people gathered in front of the Israeli Embassy in Bratislava on June 1 to call on the Slovak Government to make a statement in connection with the recent clash involving the Israeli Defence Force and a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza that resulted in multiple fatalities.
The protesters, who carried Palestinian flags, also called on the Slovak government to condemn the continuing occupation of Palestinian lands.
The gathering, organised by activist Peter Kandalaft, was also joined by speakers such as university teacher Eduard Chmelár and Peter Weisenbacher from Amnesty International Slovensko. The protest came to an end sooner than planned due to rain. There was no response from the embassy, Kandalaft told the TASR newswire.
The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the same day expressing deep concern over Monday's incident. Slovakia is calling for a thorough investigation as soon as possible, the SITA newswire wrote. The statement called for restraint from all involved parties, with the objective of calming the situation and preventing further escalation of tensions.
Sources: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Jun 2010 at 10:00