Why this story matters:
Slovaks are angrier than ever. Streets all over the country are filled with protestors. And the government's response has been one of denial and distraction. So far they evoked conspiracy theories about involvement by Hungarian-American investor and activist George Soros and violence by protestors when in fact, the protests were peaceful.
People feel that politicians aren't listening, and it makes them even angrier.
Prime Minister Robert Fico thought that Minister of the Interior Robert Kaliňák resigning would calm down the protesters. He was wrong: they want Fico's resignation as well.
Another round of protests are planned across the country this Friday. If they want to remain in power, Fico and other government officials would be wise to stop trying to mislead the public, arrest the murderers of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, and start protecting journalists immediately.
Details from the story:
- Organizers and media estimated that 120,000 people marched in the streets of Slovakia and abroad on March 9 to protest the murder of a Slovak journalist and his fiancée.
- In Bratislava, about 50,000 protestors gathered in the National Uprising Square.
- Protests across the country were peaceful and police confirmed there were no accidents.
- Demonstrators demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and the chief of state police. Kaliňák resigned on March 12.
- Government officials have said they appreciate the demonstrations being dignified and without violence and agree that the murders are unacceptable and the perpetrators must be punished.