Prosecuted ĽSNS member replaced in parliament by similar one

THE FAR-RIGHT People’s Party-Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) of Marian Kotleba experienced its first problems when candidate Andrej Medvecký, accused of battery, gave up his MP post only to be replaced by another party colleague of scandal, Milan Mazurek.

Milan Mazurek at the protest against Islamisation. Milan Mazurek at the protest against Islamisation. (Source: YouTube)

Mazurek, aged 22, who shall become an MP as he was first below the line of party members getting a seat in parliament (14 chairs in total), does not hide his admiration of Adolf Hitler in his actions on social networks; this attitude will also be investigated by the Prosecutor General’s Office.

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Mazurek became high profile last year during a Bratislava protest against Islamisation when he insulted Muslims who were later attacked at the protest. He also verbally attacked people at the Bratislava main railway station, the Sme daily wrote on March 12. Mazurek was in the crowd of similarly-minded people who threw stones at a family with children. 

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Mazurek, an e-shop assistant from Spišská Belá in eastern Slovakia also denies the Holocaust, attended his party’s protest against Roma and has made racist comments, the Denník N daily wrote. On March 11 Mazurek already hid his Facebook profile.

Party chairman Marian Kotleba reacted by saying that he did not know that his party member and newly elected MP Andrej Medvecký was facing charges of inflicting bodily harm, as quoted by the TASR newswire on the same day. Kotleba admitted, however, that he did know that Medvecký was serving a suspended sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol. “I didn’t find it completely OK that he’s serving a suspended sentence, but there have been several MPs in parliament who have committed various missteps,” said Kotleba.

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Meanwhile, the party chairman does not have a headache from the fact that no other political party elected to the parliament wants to cooperate with him. “It will work out over time,” he told TASR, adding that he has a plan for communicating with other parties, although he did not want to specify it. He added that he considers himself to be a believer and that he tries to lead a Christian life. “Not one of us is without sin, and that’s my relation towards the Church,” he stated. 

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