Organisers of Anti-fascist Protest Call for Disbanding of LSNS

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An anti-fascist protest against Marian Kotleba's LSNS in Bratislava (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 8 (TASR) – The organisers of an anti-fascist protest that took place in Bratislava on Monday have delivered a letter to Prosecutor-General Jaromir Ciznar, asking him to use his powers and send a motion to the Supreme Court to disband Marian Kotleba’s far-right Kotleba-People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS), TASR learnt on Tuesday.

Thousands of people took part in the protest called ‘Anti-Fascist Mobilisation – You Shall Never Pass’. It was a response to LSNS’s success in garnering 8.04 percent in Saturday’s general election, which translated into 14 seats in parliament. The organisers claim that there were more than 5,000 protesters, while many others supported the protest via social media.

The organisers also stated that Kotleba’s current party is de facto identical with his previous one, Slovenska pospolitost (Slovak Togetherness), which was disbanded by the Supreme Court due to its unconstitutionality back in 2006.

“Even though Kotleba and his minions made it into parliament formally in a democratic way, it’s not a democratic party. They’ve misled their voters. LSNS is a moral follower and idolater of the wartime Slovak state (1939-1945), which murdered 60,000 people due to a perverted ideology,” said Matej Ivancik from the Human Rights Institute, who was one of the organisers of the protest.

“It’s a shame that they [the authorities] didn’t intervene sooner, as activists have pointed to this repeatedly. We hope that the failure of other protective mechanisms of a democratic and lawful state will wake them up,” added Ivancik.

Lawyers working with this yet untitled initiative are collecting statements and examples of LSNS’s unconstitutional activities. The Prosecutor-General’s Office is yet to respond.