Why this story matters:
During the refugee crisis, racism and xenophobia have sharply increased in Slovakia. And the country is now faced with a case that should warn us about what lies at the end of the hate speech road.
Henry John Serafica Acorda, a Filipino man living in Slovakia, was beaten to death in the center of Bratislava on Saturday night. He was punched and kicked in the head by a Slovak man known as Juraj. H in the media. The attacker had previously posted content promoting the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy on Facebook.
After the attack, Juraj H. photographed his victim lying on the street.
Slovakia will need to address its racism issues. After going through weeks of anti-corruption protests calling for "a decent Slovakia", we need to define what "decency" means to us.
Details from the story:
- Filipino citizen Henry John Serafica Acorda had been living and working in Slovakia for years.
- His parents were preparing a visit to Slovakia when he died.
- Juraj H., the attacker, was freed by the prosecution after the attack. When the media wrote about the incident, another prosecutor took him into custody.
- Minister of Justice Gábor Gál and Minister of the Interior Denisa Saková criticized the prosecutor who released Juraj H..
- Anti-fascists organizations are planning protests in the center of Bratislava on Wednesday evening. Thousands of people are interested on Facebook.