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New Gorilla protest planned for Sunday in Bratislava

A series of demonstrations that erupted earlier this year in reaction to the emergence of the so-called Gorilla file are due to continue on Sunday, September 9. A new 'Gorilla protest' will be organised by activists from a number of initiatives who say they are angry that investigators haven't yet presented any evidence of the guilt of any of the main suspects referred to in the internet-leaked file, which purports to be an alleged secret intelligence file.

A series of demonstrations that erupted earlier this year in reaction to the emergence of the so-called Gorilla file are due to continue on Sunday, September 9. A new 'Gorilla protest' will be organised by activists from a number of initiatives who say they are angry that investigators haven't yet presented any evidence of the guilt of any of the main suspects referred to in the internet-leaked file, which purports to be an alleged secret intelligence file.

"Everything points to the fact that the wishes of the case's suspects are coming true and Gorilla is being swept under the carpet, along with other cases such as MOKYS and overpriced public-private partnership projects," Robert Mihály, one of the organisers – from the Generation '89 movement – told the TASR newswire. He added that the protest is aimed at putting pressure on bodies responsible for the investigation into the case.

The protest is planned to begin on SNP Square in Bratislava at 16:00. It will be followed by a protest march through the city towards parliament. Some 260 people have so far confirmed via the protest's Facebook page that they will take part. The organisers also want to collect signatures for a petition calling for the dismissal of Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar due to the police's lack of activity in relation to the investigation.

Sunday's protest will also mark six months since a previous Gorilla protest (on March 9), when protesters were driven off Zámocká Street near the parliament building in Bratislava by force.

The Gorilla file, which alludes to corrupt practices among senior Slovak officials in 2005-6, was published on the internet in December 2011. A group of experts was appointed to investigate the case. Even though the team has collected some 60,000 pages of evidence and interrogated around 50 witnesses, nobody has yet been charged with any crime.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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