UPDATED: Protest gatherings will return to Slovakia one year after the murders of Kuciak and Kušnírová

The gatherings will be held under the slogan “We won’t forget! We will continue!”.

The For a Decent Slovakia protests will be held around the country on September 20, including in the biggest cities like Bratislava and KošiceThe For a Decent Slovakia protests will be held around the country on September 20, including in the biggest cities like Bratislava and Košice (Source: SME)

Slovakia will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová on February 21.

On the very same day, several protest gatherings organised by the For a Decent Slovakia will be held under the slogan “We won’t forget! We will continue!” As the organisers stressed, the murders “have changed our lives forever” and “have changed Slovakia”.

“We have been gathering on squares for a year, calling for decency and justice,” the organisers wrote on Facebook. “We have created a community that demands new ways of good governance, asks for decency, rejects arrogance and hatred, and demands truth and justice instead of lies and unrestrained populism.”

Thanks to the activities, people could have a chance to have a full view of how corruption has been swept under the carpet, how police officials have misused the police and how the innocent and weak have been harmed.

However, some politicians still use hatred and conspiracy as their working methods, as they reminded.

“We are angry at those who do not have the courage to take personal responsibility,” the organisers continued. “Titles, ranks, and positions are more valuable to them than humility and respect for the truth and education. We are ashamed of the cynicism and disrespect of people holding public offices.”

The organisers of the protest gatherings also mentioned mockery, personal assaults and lies they have been the victims of in response to their activities. However, they do not plan to give up in the fight for a decent and fair Slovakia, and persist in their demands that include the proper investigation of the double murder and the revelation of the people who actually ordered it.

“The murder has changed Slovakia and we will not give up, we will continue,” the organisers continued. “Each one of us, everyone who came to the squares, everyone who was following the happenings and was interested, is part of the large community we were waiting for, and the community is growing. He and she are the ones we have been waiting for.”

Where will the gatherings take place?

Slovakia:

Abroad:

  • Aalborg (Denmark), February 21 at 18:00
  • Auckland (New Zealand), February 21 at 18:00
  • Berlin (Germany), February 21 at 19:00
  • Brno (the Czech Republic), February 21 at 17:00
  • Brussels (Belgium), February 21 at 18:00
  • Copenhagen (Denmark), February 21 at 18:00
  • Dublin (Ireland), February 21 at 18:00
  • Helsinki (Finland), February 21 at 17:30
  • London (the UK), February 21 at 19:00
  • Luxembourg (Luxembourg), February 21 at 17:30
  • Melbourne (Australia), February 21 at 18:30 (State Library of Victoria)
  • Palo Alto (the USA), February 21 at 18:00
  • Paris (France), February 21 at 20:00
  • Prague (the Czech Republic), February 21 at 17:00
  • Raleigh (the USA), February 21 at 18:45
  • Sheffield (the UK), February 21 at 18:00
  • Stockholm (Sweden), February 21 at 19:00 (Berzelii Park)
  • Tallinn (Estonia), February 21 at 19:30
  • The Hague (the Netherlands), February 21 at 19:00
  • Vancouver (Canada), February 21 at 19:00 (Robson Square)
  • Warsaw (Poland), February 21 at 18:00
  • Zlín (the Czech Republic), February 21 at 17:00
  • Zürich (Switzerland), February 21 at 17:30

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