July 16, 2024

Hundreds of people participated in a neo-Nazi demonstration and march on Saturday, 25 June 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The demonstration was held “against the dictatorship of Brussels and for stopping the liquidation of Europe,” according to the organizers. There was also a concurrent assembly by those opposed to extremism. The event was attended by fewer people than last year, and some of the demonstrators were from the Czech Republic.

Event was attended by approximately 500 people, but more people participated in the event against Fascism. They carried signs with the Nazi swastika crossed out on them. Online web portal Aktuality.sk reported that the counter-protest was attended by between 2,000 to 3,000 people, including former Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová.

This year, the neo-Nazis did not manage to spark any more serious conflicts, but police detained several of them anyway. After the demonstrations were over, police reported that local officers had taken 11 people to police stations. Most of them were taken to give an explanation of their actions, while two were suspected of having committed extremist misconduct.

During the march, which was supervised by police and preceded by the assembly, ultra-right adherents shouted slogans such as “Slovakia for the Slovaks” and “Stop the Brussels dictatorship”. The demonstrators included sympathizers of the Czech right-wing extremist Workers’ Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti).