Far-right ĽSNS supporters attack PS/Spolu members at a gathering

A Trnava protest against extremism resulted in several incidents.

Trnava locals walk out to the streets in response to a gathering held by the far-right ĽSNS party on January 31, 2020, in Trnava. Trnava locals walk out to the streets in response to a gathering held by the far-right ĽSNS party on January 31, 2020, in Trnava. (Source: Martina Radošovská)

The atmosphere at two public gatherings in Trnava, in which two different groups stood against each other at the same time, was intense, leading to several incidents.

The far-right People's Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) held its pre-election event in the city while the Trnava Does Not Discuss with Fascists initiative organised its own anti-extremism event on January 31. More than a thousand people took part in both events, of which anti-extremism protesters dominated the Trnava streets, the Sme daily reported.

Despite police forces being present, one of the incidents involved an attack on members of the Progressive Slovakia/Spolu (PS/Spolu) coalition of parties, including candidate Pavel Sibyla. The incident happened after the protest as a group of politicians walked towards a car.

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