Around 50 people gathered on Námestie slobody (Freedom Square) in Bratislava on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the Gorilla protest held on March 9, 2012, which was dispersed by the police. Several people made speeches before the participants lit candles and began marching through the centre of the capital city.
Those protesting one year ago, one day before the early general election, did not head to SNP Square as announced by the organisers, but marched to the parliament building instead. The police halted the procession in front of parliament. This angered the protesters, who began throwing eggs, bananas and cobblestones at police officers. The police arrested 19 people in response, the TASR newswire wrote. Several people then complained that the police had misused their authority. The Interior Ministry said that the intervention was justified and appropriate, however.
The Gorilla protests in early 2012 were directed against corruption among politicians after the alleged 'Gorilla' wiretapping transcripts emerged on the internet in late 2011. The files suggested rampant corruption and connections between top politicians and businessmen.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Mar 2013 at 10:00