13. 03. 2017 14:53
"Not only extremists should be heard," claimed the participants in the Anti-fascist protest which took place in Bratislava last Saturday. The event with almost 2,000 people taking part started at the SNP square, where several public personalities gave speeches. The list of speakers included the director of the SNP Museum Stanislav Mičev, the city's Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal, chair of the Bratislava self-governing region Pavol Frešo, MEP Monika Flašíková-Beňová of the governing SMER-SD party, opposition MP Martin Poliačik of the Freedom and Solidarity party and several other. Later, the crowd marched through the city centre to the place where the Jewish synagogue used to stand until it was destroyed to build the SNP bridge in the 1970s.
The march took place only three days before the 78th anniversary of the foundation of the first Slovak Republic, which was a puppet state of Nazi Germany. The date is usually celebrated by far right movements in Slovakia. The far right Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia, which was elected to the Slovak Parliament for the first time in March 2016, planned a controversial celebration of the anniversary in the central Slovak town of Rimavská Sobota; however, the event was cancelled after information about its preparations were medialized.