Extremists to gather in Bratislava

Two major political marches and two other events are taking place in Bratislava. After last year’s violent episodes, the police say they are ready this time around.

The protest in June 2015The protest in June 2015 (Source: SME)

Two opposing marches are planned to take place in Bratislava on Saturday, June 25.

Far-right extremists will gather for their announced protest against the EU at 15:00 at the Main Station, and will march towards the nearby Námestie Slobody square where they are scheduled to remain until 17:00.

“We have adequately prepared for the protest,” the spokesman for the municipal police Peter Pleva said, as quoted by the Sme daily, but refused to provide more details about the number of police officers who will be engaged.

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An anti-fascist march will take place in the centre of the capital simultaneously, with the public gathering scheduled to start at 15:00 at the SNP Square. They protesters will then march from the square through the Špitálska and Mariánska streets, through Kollárovo Námestie, and the Námestie 1. Mája squares, all the way to Hodžovo Námestie (in front of the Presidential Palace), the subway and Poštová street back to the SNP Square.

The gathering is scheduled to finish at 18:00.

Meanwhile, two other major events are taking place in Bratislava on Saturday: the Coronation Day that typically attracts many tourists, and a cycling race. The race also coincided with the far-right march last year and clashes were reported. 

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