A protest under the slogan 'Occupy the General Prosecutor's Office' began in front of the office in question in Bratislava on Tuesday, May 1, with activists expressing their discontent with how political corruption scandals are being investigated. The activists said that they intend to remain in front of the office for at least one month, and that they will join the Global Evolution Day protest set to take place on nearby SNP Square on May 12.
"People shouldn't just sit at home and grumble in front of the TV set, but should engage in public affairs," one of the organisers, Filip Rázga, told the TASR newswire. The activists are demanding that the Property Origin Disclosure Act should be observed properly, that the public should be informed about the legal dispute between Penta financial group co-owner Jaroslav Haščák and investigative journalist Tom Nicholson concerning the Gorilla scandal on a regular basis, and that the police action against demonstrators at one of the Gorilla Protest rallies in Bratislava in early March be investigated. They also demand a new probe into corruption concerning hot candidate for Police Corps president Stanislav Jankovič and thorough investigations into all major political corruption scandals. The activists announced in advance that they would not interfere with traffic or the ordinary running of the city, and say they reject any form of violence and attempts to damage other people's property.
The General Prosecutor's Office reacted by releasing a statement on its website that was also pasted to the door of its headquarters. It stated that a special police team is investigating the Gorilla scandal, but that the process is being supervised by the Special Prosecutor's Office and as such the General Prosecutor's Office cannot interfere with the investigation. The statement also stressed that the General Prosecutor's Office has no part in the legal dispute between Haščák and Nicholson and suggested that the activists should turn to the relevant court.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. May 2012 at 14:00