Mobilisation hoax prompts hundreds of Slovaks to refuse service in case of war

Similar situation happened before.

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Karol from Prešov, eastern Slovakia, printed and filled in a declaration of refusal to perform extraordinary service, which he downloaded from the website of the Defence Ministry. He then had a notary verify his signature and took the form to the district office.

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With this statement, he basically refuses to go to a war in the event of a crisis situation.

The Defence Ministry says that such a refusal is nothing new. According to the law, citizens have been able to file this statement since 2006 if it conflicts with their conscience or religious belief.

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Various thoughts on Karol's mind

Karol says that he decided to file the declaration because "one never knows what can happen." He does not anticipate a major world conflict, but admits that the thought of war has already occurred to him.

"I'm not convinced that I could go into battle with a gun in my hands," he explains.

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