Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota says his party will install a memorial in the southern Slovak town of Komárno to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Trianon on Friday, June 4. He said that supporters of the Hungarian right-wing party Jobbik also plan to meet in Komárno to protest against the 1920 treaty, which changed the borders of central Europe.
The SNS plans to put its memorial on the Slovak-Hungarian border. "To show the Hungarian nation where the Trianon border is. By being present there, we want to show that Komárno is a Slovak town," explained Slota.
According to information obtained by the TASR newswire, members of the civic organisation Tukor (devoted to the restoration of Greater Hungary) are also planning to meet in Komárno on the same day and unveil a memorial column to mark the occasion. Unofficial sources also speak about Hungarian protesters meeting at a disputed statue of St. Stephen in the town, but no such plans have yet been officially confirmed by Jobbik.
The police, however, are counting on this eventuality. Nitra Regional Police spokesperson Renáta Čuháková said that the police had not been informed that there would be another event taking place in addition to that announced by the SNS.
Representatives of the municipality of Komárno said the SNS has not yet been granted permission to march across the town due to formal shortcomings in the request they submitted.
The SNS event is being co-organised by cultural heritage organisation Matica Slovenská, but its local branch dissociated itself from it, saying they had not been informed about the event.
Komárno is one of the largest towns in Slovakia with a significant Hungarian-speaking population.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Jun 2010 at 10:00