Around 100 followers of the far-right politician Marián Kotleba, the former leader of the now-banned Slovenská Pospolitosť (Slovak Togetherness) party, gathered in front of Parliament on Wednesday, November 17, to protest against developments since the Velvet Revolution and what they say is ‘repression’ of nationalists.
The rally was observed by several dozen state and city police officers. According to Bratislava City Police spokesman Peter Pleva, speaking to TASR halfway through the demonstration, no violation of the law had occurred.
Before the rally, Kotleba visited parliament as part of its Open House Day, telling media that he came to see how parliament operates. He added that he decided to avoid meeting former interior minister (now Smer MP) Robert Kaliňák, who led efforts to have Kotleba’s party banned.
“Isn’t he still in jail? I’m surprised to hear not,” Kaliňák said, when asked for comment. Kotleba was detained last year on suspicion of promoting fascism and organising an unlawful assembly, but has not been convicted of any offence.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Nov 2010 at 15:00