Anti-corruption marches return to Slovak streets

The demands remain the same: investigate the biggest scandals and dismiss the politicians behind them.

Organisers of the first student protest, Karolína Farská and Dávid Straka.Organisers of the first student protest, Karolína Farská and Dávid Straka. (Source: SME)

Three protests against corruption are planned for June 5, starting at 17:00. They will be hosted by Bratislava, Košice and Prague. The Slovak cities of Žilina and Prešov will host protest marches next week.

The Bratislava organisers say that the demands made at their previous anti-corrruption march on April 18 have not been met.

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The organisers are calling for an investigation into recent scandals involving Gorilla and Bašternák. They are also demanding the removal of Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (Smer), Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar and Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik.

“The system is currently works in a way that makes some people untouchable, and it allows people to enter politics only to make money,” said one of the organisers, secondary school student Dávid Straka, as quoted by the Sme daily.

The organisers will collect signatures for the petition containing their main demands. If the petition is supported by at least 100,000 people, the parliament is required to address it.

Before the April march, some media outlets speculated that the organisers do not have the support of politicians. The organisers issued a statement on June 5 to clarify that they are not a political movement and do not support a particular party.

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“We believe that everybody can choose on their own in an election,” the organisers wrote in a Facebook post. “We don’t try to impose our opinions on anybody. We also distance ourselves from any political party or movement.”

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