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Respekt - Czech Republic | Thursday, February 6, 2014

Those who vote for radicals become accomplices

The right-wing extremist Slovakian politician Marián Kotleba, who was elected last year as governor of the Banska Bystrica region, has for the first time become involved in foreign politics and declared in a letter his support for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The liberal weekly Respekt voices concern on its website: "Kotleba appeals as a 'Slav' to Yanukovych and urges him not to give in to the 'terrorists' who want to bring Ukraine under the yoke of the European Union and the 'terrorist organisation Nato'. With ther gangster past, Kotleba and Yanukovych are two of a kind. ... If we vote for radicals to punish the political establishment we become accomplices of the villains. No one should entertain the illusion that a protest vote for fascists will reawaken democracy. Kotleba and Yanukovych don't want to awaken democracy, they want to destroy it. If there's anything good about this bad news it's that the villains are no longer trying to hide but are revealing themselves openly."

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