Ultras fans protested in front of the government office: Police also used tear gas



Barbara Dallosová
From Slovakia

Protesters call for the resignation of Prime Minister Igor Matovic. The demonstration was accompanied by problems and demanded injuries.

Source: TASR / Jaroslav Novák

Ultras fans protested on Saturday in front of the Office of the Government of the Slovak Republic. They demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Igor Matovič (OĽANO). They also disagree with measures against the spread of the new coronavirus. Hundreds of them gathered. The police intervened against them.

Water cannons

During the rally, protesters threw lit flares behind the gate of the government office. They shouted vulgarities at the prime minister’s address and kicked at the gate.

Police then created a corridor against the fans in front of the gate and the walls of the office. She also used tear gas against some demonstrators.

According to the aktuality.sk portal, some demonstrators started throwing beers, smokestacks and firing cannons, so the police had to harden.

“Cops from the Lynx commando arrived in the courtyard of the office. They used tear gas on the protesters. After throwing stones and paving stones, the police also used a water cannon, “ presents the portal.

Police prepared security measures in connection with Saturday’s gathering of fans in the capital. The police officers of the Anti-Conflict Team of the Regional Directorate of the Police Force in Bratislava communicate with the citizens at the assembly.

Rescuers are also in action

Rescuers also intervened during the protest, treating two people, a man and a woman. Alena Krčová, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Service (OSZZ) Operations Center, informed about it.

“The woman was allegedly hit by a flying paving stone in the head, the man had an open laceration on his hand,” Krčová approached. Rescuers took them to the hospital after treatment. During transport, they were conscious and in a stable state.

Underdeveloped demonstrators

Police detained several people on the spot. He will provide more information when the situation allows. Michal Szeiff, a spokesman for the Regional Directorate of the Police Force in Bratislava, informed about it.

“Today’s unannounced assembly has turned into a cluster of aggressive far-right radicals in a matter of minutes, in some cases under the influence of alcohol.” presented the Regional Directorate of the Police Force in Bratislava on the social network. He added that, despite repeated calls from the police, the participants used incendiary pyrotechnics, which injured each other when one of those present threw it among the assembled.

Several detainees

Residents of the center of Bratislava and casual passers-by turned to the police force for help. “Several illegal actions of the persons involved were interrupted by the law enforcement unit, which created a cordon to block the space. As the attackers repeatedly did not refrain from this action, the law enforcement unit used coercive means, namely tear gas and a special water sprayer to restore public order. “ added the police. She added that several people had been injured on the spot, including members of the police force.

The unannounced assembly took place during a state of emergency, when a ban on the assembly of persons in groups of more than six people is in force.
“The rally of far-right radicals has become a security risk,” the police concluded.

The ministry is responding

The assembly in Bratislava at the time of the pandemic was highly irresponsible. This was stated by Petr Fries from the office of the Ministry of the Interior (MV) SR. The head of the Ministry of the Interior, Roman Mikulec (OĽANO), stated on the social network that the demonstrators would not escape justice.

“It’s really pathetic that at a time when the number of coronavirus infections is alarmingly rising in our country, a state of emergency has been declared and a gathering ban has been found, there are people who don’t respect any of it.” said Mikulec.

The demonstration, which he says has no real content and its only task is provocation, is a desperate attempt by the ultras and the radical right to attract attention. On the sidelines of police interventions, Friese explained that the execution of a service intervention against protesters must be preceded by a consideration of its consequences.

The police ignored the calls

Mikulec added that none of the demonstrators responded to calls from the police to disperse due to the declared state of emergency and the ban on gatherings that apply in Slovakia. He also thanked the police for their “fantastic work”. “No, we will not be provoked. We will not approach their primitive game, as their only goal is to cause a rift and kill, “ says the minister.

Friese also reminded that if a participant was tested positive for COVID-19 at the meeting and did not comply with the quarantine, he is committing a crime.

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Source: TASR / Jaroslav Novák

Source: TASR / Dnes24.sk


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