‘For a Decent Slovakia’ Initiative Rejects Attacks from State

Parliamentary Vice-chair Juraj Seliga (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) – Organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia rallies consider the attacks from the governing coalition to be totally unacceptable, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

The For a Decent Slovakia initiative also rejects claims that they have been managed and financed from abroad or that they have orchestrated a state coup.

“These are all lies, stupidity and nonsense,” said one of the organisers, Juraj Seliga, at a briefing in response to the allegations that the protests staged following the murders of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were financed from abroad and were meant to carry out a state coup. Seliga added that the initiative also considers it to be unacceptable that the organisers have allegedly been monitored by state security forces. “We don’t understand what has been the legitimate reason for it. We haven’t done anything wrong,” he said, adding that the initiative views these moves as intimidation and bullying.

Seliga also commented on the questioning of some of the members of the initiative by the National Crime Agency (NAKA). He said that the investigator also demanded extracts from their private bank accounts. “All the expenses paid by the For a Decent Slovakia initiative are on a transparent account. There isn’t a single payment from a foreign organisation, and it’s out of the question that we have been paid by any American billionaire,” he said, referring to American investor with Hungarian roots George Soros who according to an anonymous criminal complaint allegedly paid for the protests.

For a Decent Slovakia finds it sad that “29 years after the Velvet Revolution, the state is trying to intimidate civil activists”.

Karolina Farska of the initiative stated that on Friday (November 16), on the eve of the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, a rally will be held at SNP square in Bratislava. “We’re going to discuss the idea that in November 1989 we started something and that this change is still going on and we have to finish it,” said Seliga.