Attacked Saudi family was here for son’s graduation

A FAMILY from Saudi Arabia which was attacked at Bratislava’s main railway station during the June 20 protests against immigration appeared among the demonstrators by accident. 

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The family wanted to attend the graduation ceremony of their son who successfully finished his medical studies in another Slovak town. They arrived in Slovakia from abroad, the IslamOnline.sk website, which talked to one of the family members, informed.

Neither the family nor their son knew about the protest. At the time of the attack, the whole family, including several small children, was moving to the railway station from which they wanted to continue their journey by train. Under other circumstances they would use the taxi, but they wanted to try what it is like to use the public transport as they usually use car, the site reported.

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When they got off, a crowd of extremists who were just returning from the protest approached them and started shouting on them. The police noticed the incident and surrounded the family, but one of the attackers got closer to them and shoved the daughter to the ground. The crowd was meanwhile throwing stones and bottles at the family, according to IslamOnline.sk.

The police subsequently escorted the family to the taxi, they got in and departed to a nearby hotel. They did not continue in their journey by train, and left Bratislava in a rented microbus.

The son, who wanted to remain anonymous, told IslamOnline.sk that the family is still shaken by the incident. It is possible that neither him nor his family will return to the country, according to the website.

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