Slovak Opposition Plans Protests Against Fico's Government

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.15 - 2024 8:42 AM CET

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The Slovak opposition is calling a large rally in Bratislava against the planned reform of the public broadcaster, which they see as an attempt to take it under political control.

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According to Euractiv, the opposition parties "Progressive Slovakia" and "Freedom and Solidarity" (SaS) are rallying citizens opposed to Prime Minister Robert Fico's administration. The protest is a stand against what is perceived as an encroachment on the independence of RTVS.

Michal Šimečka, the leader of "Progressive Slovakia," voiced concerns in the rally's announcement: "The government has announced a 'frontal' attack on RTVS"

"They have already taken control of the top of the intelligence agency and the police, abolished the special prosecutor's office and are threatening the Constitutional Court. They are shaming us abroad and endangering billions of EU funds. Together we must show that democracy in Slovakia will defend itself," he addad.

This upcoming demonstration marks a resurgence of anti-government sentiment following a pause in protests, which had initially focused on a controversial criminal code reform.

That issue was deferred to the court's consideration upon the opposition and the president's request, pausing protests to avoid perceived court pressure.

At the same time, smaller public initiatives have consistently voiced their dissent in Bratislava. Notably, a demonstration on Tuesday drew hundreds to protest the Fico government's pro-Russian foreign policy stance.

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