Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

Slovaks join Wall Street protests

HUNDREDS of mostly young people gathered on Hviezdoslavovo Square on October 15 and then marched to the headquarters of the Penta financial group to protest against what they called the undue influence of business groups on the distribution of national wealth, the TASR newswire reported. The protest was patterned after the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that started in New York City which have spread to other cities across the world.

HUNDREDS of mostly young people gathered on Hviezdoslavovo Square on October 15 and then marched to the headquarters of the Penta financial group to protest against what they called the undue influence of business groups on the distribution of national wealth, the TASR newswire reported. The protest was patterned after the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that started in New York City which have spread to other cities across the world.

“Regardless of the outcome of elections in Slovakia, it is always the same people who rule Slovakia – two or three financial groups and five, maybe six, businessmen,” said Eduard Chmelár, one of the organisers of the protest, as quoted by TASR. He added that the profits of banks in Slovakia have grown by 60 percent this year while ordinary people have needed to tighten their belts in response to austerity measures.

“People in 1,400 cities on five continents are protesting in support of the same basic goals today,” Chmelár stated.

The organisers said one aim of the protest is to write a new constitution for Slovakia that would strengthen the standing of ordinary people and curb the influence of political parties and business groups that finance them.

A petition was launched to that effect after the protest, TASR wrote.


Top stories

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico

Ecocide! How Slovakia destroys its national parks

Officially, the number of forests in Slovakia keeps growing but satellite shots of the national parks evoke horrors.

logging at Muránska Planina