Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

In the spring

People who claim that they voted for the party of Marian Kotleba for other reasons should not overlook what regime it palliates.

At the grave of Jozef Tiso(Source: Sme (Archive) )

The anniversary of the emergence of the clero-fascist Slovak state lures a group of neo-Nazis out to the grave of Jozef Tiso every year. The grave of that state’s president, who is responsible for the death of tens of thousands of Slovak Jews. Today, those neo-Nazis adoring and apologising the regime that was paying for the deportation of its own citizens, have a representation in parliament.

People who claim that they voted for the party of Marian Kotleba for other reasons should not overlook what regime it palliates. Parties that do not have respect for human rights in their genetic code might anytime support solutions that will once turn against their own voters too. Not even the Catholic Church succeeded in exorcising the spirit of silent respect to the wartime Slovak state.

The post-election combinatorics also includes the argument that the spread of extremism needs to be prevented. But no combination of parties can prevent that, if expelling the extremist rhetoric out of public discourse is not part of it, a rhetoric that Smer willingly adopted too. As well, there needs to be an explanation of what danger the potential repeating of history would bring about.

For all, without exceptions. 

Top stories

Night life in Bratislava will not end

Councillors for the Old Town adopt new opening hours for pubs, night clubs and restaurants.

How social networks can earn you a ticket to Germany

Can a status on a social network change someone’s life? Yes, if you write humorous stories about a fictive German ambassador.

Assaf Alassaf (r) talked about his life and his book in Bratislava

New investor to create 500 jobs in Nitra

A company following the Jaguar Land Rover carmaker to Nitra plans to create 500 new jobs and invest €17 million.

Tha Jaguar Land Rover draws also other investors to Nitra.

Letters can be checked at work – but is it legal?

The recent scandal surrounding the parliamentary office opening and checking the post of MPs has opened the issue of postal privacy – which also concerns emails or text messages – guaranteed by the law.

Andrej Danko, speaker of parliament