The Slovak National Party (SNS) is petitioning for a national referendum to make Slovak the exclusive administrative language in Slovakia, with Slovak National Party (SNS) chair Ján Slota putting the first signature on the petition after a meeting of the party’s presidium on April 11, the TASR newswire reported.
This initiative is apparently a response to the amendment to the Act on the Use of Minority Languages that is before the Slovak parliament. For the petition to be successful, SNS must collect at least 350,000 valid signatures.
SNS launched the campaign in Nové Zámky in Nitra Region as Slota said he thinks this region is currently under more insidious Magyarisation than it was in the late 19th or early 20th century. "We will organise the petition all over Slovakia ... Let snowmen speak snowman at home, but in official communication every citizen should speak the state language, that is Slovak," Slota said as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Apr 2011 at 10:00