Anti-racist demonstration in Slovakia

This video says about itself:

7 March 2016

Over 1000 activists marched through Bratislava on Monday to protest against the far-right Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS), after the movement made it into the parliament in the country’s election.

Eduard Chmelar, political analyst (Slovak): “We have to protest against them. We have to explain patiently that this is road to hell. There is no other way. We cannot just distance from them and hide. We have to confront strictly against the world outlook which is mad and destructive.”

Anna Bergerova, protester whose brother was killed by Nazis during WWII (Slovak): “I wish you from bottom of my heart not to experience anything like my family and many others had to experience during fascism. Be proud of your grand parents!”

Denisa Havrlova, ethnic Roma and journalist (Slovak): “I feel deeply hurt by this. I had a hope until last moment. I believed that Slovak people will never allow this to happen. But now I think they have forgotten their history.”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Slovaks protest against the extreme right

Today, 05:33

In Slovakia thousands of people have taken to the streets yesterday to protest against the far-right People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS). The demonstrations were in the capital Bratislava and elsewhere.

The LSNS received during the elections 8 percent of the votes, three times more than expected. The party is against refugees and Roma.

Founder and party leader Kotleba has repeatedly been sued for racism and right-wing extremism, but has not been convicted so far.

On Saturday there were elections in the country. The LSNS now have 14 seats in the parliament of 150 seats. It is the first time an extreme-right party enters the parliament.

Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico of the social democratic Smer-SD focused the entire campaign for parliamentary elections on the issue of refugees. Although only 333 asylum applications were made last year and just 8 accepted—in a country with a population of 5.4 million—Fico sought to divert attention away from the social crisis by waging a sustained propaganda campaign against refugees and Muslims. The result was a pronounced shift to the right. While Fico’s party lost its absolute majority, falling from 45 to 28 percent of the vote, a number of far-right parties, including one openly fascist organisation, passed the 5 percent hurdle and will have representation in parliament. Eight parties are now represented in parliament, making the formation of a stable government virtually impossible. There will also be consequences for the European Union (EU), since Slovakia assumes the EU presidency for six months beginning in June: here.

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