Bonaparte Complex Protest without Active Participation of Politicians

Monday's protest before Bonaparte complex without active participation of politicians (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, August 8 (TASR) – None of the Opposition politicians actively took part in Monday’s eighth protest in front of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s private flat in the Bonaparte housing complex in Bratislava aimed primarily at ousting Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD), TASR learnt on the same day.

A crowd of some 3,000 people were entertained by Slovak humorists and satirists Milan Markovic and Rasto Pisko, and by former politician, actor and face of the 1989 Velvet Revolution Milan Knazko.

Protests have been organised regularly since June 20 by Opposition parties Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and OLaNO-NOVA.

“We’re here without any claim for money,” said Markovic, adding that only awareness among citizens can make things move. He’s convinced that this issue have to be resolved on the street, as Parliament and Government don’t work.

Pisko read aloud a satirical letter, written by citizens of a fictional village called Horny Vyplach who have been sending letters to Slovak prime ministers for years. His speech was repeatedly interrupted by applause.

Protest-goers were once again encouraged to sign a petition for Kalinak’s ouster and, many chanted “yuck!” or “step down!” during the 90-minute protest.

SaS and OLaNO-NOVA are calling for Kalinak’s dismissal over the Ladislav Basternak tax fraud case. According to the Opposition, Kalinak allegedly helped to sweep the case under the carpet.