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Pravda - Slovakia | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Slovakia too lax with right-wing extremists

Slovakia commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Slovak national uprising against Nazi Germany on Friday. While this event receives due acknowledgement, the judiciary is far too lax towards today's right-wing extremists, the left-leaning daily Pravda comments: "We can commemorate this anniversary today with all the solemnity it deserves. And last year a law was passed that accorded the anti-fascist resistance fighters the acknowledgement they deserve. ... This makes the condescending attitude of certain institutions regarding the spread of right-wing extremist views all the more alarming. The investigation of the murder of an anti-fascist student in Bratislava has dragged on for nine years, for example. And it took two years for a youth from Banská Bystrica to be sentenced to pay a ridiculous 200-euro fine for making the Nazi salute. ... Such extremism shows us that the uprising is still relevant for us today."

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