In late June Levies published photos of their activities at elementary schools in the villages of Ludanice and Preseľany, near Topoľčany, where pupils trained with machine guns using blank cartridges.
Slovak Levies has more than 100 members organised into 16 units. It runs military training courses to prepare members for possible attack against the country. At the same time, its members help during natural disasters, offer hiking tours and help with environmental projects, according to its webpage.
Lectures and training by an extremist organisation could present significant dangers to the personal development of children and pupils, according to Draxler.
“I would like to ask headteachers to pay great attention when it comes to whom they let into classrooms with children,” Draxler said, as quoted by TASR. “In the case of outdoor activities they should cooperate mainly with our army.”
According to the Education Ministry, it is not appropriate to provide room in schools for organisations that the Interior Ministry views as inclining towards right-wing extremism.
“In the current online age it isn’t a problem to use the internet to look up an organisation that would like to come to a school to give a lecture and so check up on it,” said Draxler, as quoted by TASR. “I also recommend a personal interview with representatives of organisations and a detailed check of the materials given out to pupils. I would be very displeased if paramilitary groups visited our schools again.”
23. Jul 2015 at 23:33 | Compiled by Spectator staff