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Matovič rebukes Poliačik for statements on drug use

Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) leader Igor Matovič during the first day of the parliamentary session on Tuesday, September 11, poured syringes over Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Martin Poliačik's head. The TASR newswire wrote that he was reacting to Poliačik's statements in an interview for the Sme daily on August 28 in which he admitted to having experimented with hard drugs (heroin and methamphetamine).

Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) leader Igor Matovič during the first day of the parliamentary session on Tuesday, September 11, poured syringes over Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Martin Poliačik's head. The TASR newswire wrote that he was reacting to Poliačik's statements in an interview for the Sme daily on August 28 in which he admitted to having experimented with hard drugs (heroin and methamphetamine).

Matovič also submitted a request to parliament that Poliačik be suspended without pay so that he can take care of young people who have succumbed to the temptation of trying drugs such as heroin, which - according to Poliačik’s statements in the interview - does no harm to the human organism when taken without being dissolved in suspicious solutions. Matovič’s proposal was rejected by Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, however. Poliačik said, as quoted by Sme, that only a hound and a coward is able to attack from behind. He recommended that Matovič find an expert to cure his addiction to attracting attention.

A proposal made by Christian Democrat (KDH) MP Monika Gibalová to add to the agenda a Labour Ministry report on the progress of the national project concerning social fieldwork aimed at the social inclusion of marginalised communities, was also rejected.

The same fate befell OĽaNO MP Alojz Hlina's proposal to hold an away-from-home parliamentary session in a Roma settlement in Letanovce (Košice region), as well as Transport Minister Ján Počiatek’s proposal to seek information on how other European countries have incorporated the EU Directive on intelligent transport systems into their legislation. Hlina was successful, however, when he proposed that a deadline should be set for delivering a report on the investigation into the Gorilla case. This was approved by parliament, with its speaker consenting to negotiate the deadline with Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák. The new parliamentary session began with a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Slovak National Uprising, of the Holocaust, and of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US 11 years ago.

(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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