Danko: ‘Let’s Begin with Eviction’ Is SNP’s Best Statement

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Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko during the ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising in Banska Bystrica (photo by TASR)

Banska Bystrica, August 29 (TASR) – The most beautiful sentence of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) was ‘Let’s begin with eviction’, stated Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) in his speech in Banska Bystrica on Tuesday marking the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak anti-fascist resistance during WWII.

Danko referred to an order given by General Jan Golian to partisans on August 29, 1944, by which he launched the SNP.

The parliamentary chairman in his speech added that there’s a need to think about what awaits Slovakia in the future. “I want to call on all the people of Banska Bystrica, you, who live here, you should begin with eviction in these elections. I think that the inhabitants of Bystrica could be first to show other regions in danger that they have had enough of this experience and that they won’t allow madmen to control state power,” said Danko. [Incumbent Banska Bystrica region governor Marian Kotleba heads the far-right People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS). Regional elections are due to take place in November. – ed. note]

According to Danko, on the day of the SNP anniversary, people should honour all those who headed the uprising troops, namely Generals Golian, Rudolf Viest and Miro Vesel as well as Captain Jan Stanek. “I also feel the greatest respect for Gustav Husak [Vice-chair of the rebel Slovak National Council in Banska Bystrica during the SNP and later socialist president of Czechoslovakia between 1975-89 – ed. note]. He’s an undervalued personality of our history,” said Danko.

The parliamentary chairman further stated that on such a significant holiday people should show humility and think about the direction of the country. “Whether it should carry on with quarrels about who is better or it get together in favour of values,” he said.