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Slovak police report they are monitoring 2,000 extremists

The Slovak police are keeping track of some 2,000 extremists from Slovakia and abroad who operate in a variety of extremist offshoots, Michal Slivka, the spokesman for the Police Corps Presidium, told the TASR newswire on August 1. "It's mostly groups of right-wing, left-wing and religious extremists. When it comes to Slovakia, their numbers are largest in Bratislava Region," Slivka said. A total of 143 crimes with a racist or otherwise extremist undercurrent were investigated in the first six months of 2011, with monitoring of the internet employed as one of the tools.

The Slovak police are keeping track of some 2,000 extremists from Slovakia and abroad who operate in a variety of extremist offshoots, Michal Slivka, the spokesman for the Police Corps Presidium, told the TASR newswire on August 1.

"It's mostly groups of right-wing, left-wing and religious extremists. When it comes to Slovakia, their numbers are largest in Bratislava Region," Slivka said. A total of 143 crimes with a racist or otherwise extremist undercurrent were investigated in the first six months of 2011, with monitoring of the internet employed as one of the tools.

"Monitoring the internet falls within the powers of several police units, depending on the specialisation that they deal with. We don't go public with personnel numbers for security reasons," said Slivka.

TASR reported that the police have been aware of the activities of a far-left group called the Revolutionary Communist Party (RKS) since 2009. The group made headlines several days ago when it released a video on the internet in which it threatened to kill several Slovak politicians, including Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, and a number of businessmen.

"Their [RKS's] activities lie exclusively in releasing anarchist-communist videos on the internet and in verbal expressions," said Slivka, giving assurances that should such threats acquire a more tangible nature, the police would act in order to thwart any attacks.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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