On Tuesday, June 8 between 16.30 and 18.30 a “march of all people of good will” called the Tolerance March will be held. The organizers, who include mostly officials, students and lecturers of Comenius University, explained to the TASR newswire that as the upcoming election approaches, tension in Slovak society is escalating.
Various displays of rudeness, intolerance and insufficient respect for others proliferate, the organisers said, adding that they believe the time has come for all people of good will in Slovakia – that is, all Slovak citizens regardless of their nationality, complexion and other features of diversity – to demonstrate their solidarity and resolve to build a respectable society. The principal mission of the march is to express its participants’ yearning for civilised and tolerant society that is governed by mutual understanding and respect for others.
Symbolically, the march will start in Medická záhrada near the statue of Sándor Petőfi, the greatest Hungarian poet of all times and will head toward the statue of General Milan Rastislav Štefánik, co-founder of modern Slovak state, recently erected at Eurovea.
The march’s route will run from Medická záhrada through Poľná, Karadžičova and Dostojevského rad to the Slovak National Theatre’s new building and Štefánik’s statue. In the beginning and in the end, the march will feature a short cultural program and several speeches that should not exceed 10 minutes. The event is billed as strictly non-political and everybody who agrees with the march’s objectives is welcome.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Jun 2010 at 10:00