Protest leaders in Slovakia regularly receive rape and death threats

Karolína Farská, a freshman at the university and an organizer of mass protests after the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak, was recently accosted by a man on the street. This was not the first threat she has received.

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Why this story matters:

After the murder of Jan Kuciak, tens of thousands of people gathered to protest government inaction and call for a decent Slovakia. And what did the organizers get for leading these events? Insults, death threats and rape threats.

It is no longer just a matter of Facebook comments from anonymous profiles. Karolína Farská was confronted by a man in the center of Bratislava. Her unknown assailant got out of the car, and asked her if she was "that Soros kid" while laughing and filming her.

Another organizer, Juraj Šeliga, describes similar events. He has been verbally attacked on the street on several occasions.

"We get hate speech messages daily. They say we are foreign agents, that we are being paid by Soros or Soros children. They say they will beat us up, hang us and so on," says Šeliga.

At first, the organizers thought this was an unpleasant side affect of being publicly known and standing up for what they believe. Now, however, they are taking the threats more seriously reporting them to the police.

Details from the story:

  • On January 31, Karolína Farská, a co-organizer of the protests For decent Slovakia, was confronted by a man on the streets of Bratislava.
  • The man was reported to the police by the movement "For a decent Slovakia".
  • Karolína Farská has shared the messages she is regularly receiving. They are vulgar and include death and rape threats.
  • She says something similar happened to her before -- people have even spat on her.

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