27 Sep 2017

Youth movement pushes Slovakia to the brink of change

The third march of its kind so far, it was not organized by political opponents of the ruling party -- the protests are the work of students and volunteers who believe they can no longer tolerate the actions of the Slovak government.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Thousands of high school students took to the streets of Bratislava this Monday, protesting corruption and demanding justice from the government.

The third march of its kind so far, it was not organized by political opponents of the ruling party -- the   protests the work of students and volunteers who believe they can no longer tolerate the actions of the Slovak government.

Their outrage was sparked by a series of scandals involving businessmen bribing high-ranking officials.

Some say these students are naive to think that Prime Minister Robert Fico would heed their request and fire the interior minister, a top prosecutor and the police chief.

On the other hand, one can also argue that these protesters will soon constitute a very influential part of the electorate.

For the most part, these are young people with no previous political affiliations or interests, and the outcome of the current political scandals may shape their views for the decades ahead.

It is now entirely up to the ruling class to decide what message they would like to send these young people. Slovakia is losing most of its qualified young students due to emigration. Now would be a great time for the government to give them a reason not to lose faith in our country.

Details from the story:

  • On Monday Sept. 25, a third anti-corruption protest was organized in Bratislava
  • The protest is organized mainly by high school students
  • Thousands of people walked the streets of Bratislava and asked for the dismissal of Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar, and for Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik's resignation.
  • They also demanded a proper investigation for the Bašternák and Gorilla scandals
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