Slovak ex-head of government Fico arrested before corona protest

BRATISLAVA (dpa-AFX) – In Slovakia, the former head of government Robert Fico was arrested on Thursday evening in front of cameras. The head of the left-wing populist opposition party Direction Social Democracy had called for a protest against the government’s corona policy. Immediately beforehand, however, the police took the 57-year-old away. Because of the corona pandemic, a nationwide ban on gatherings has been in effect in Slovakia since November 25.

Fico argued that the planned protest did not violate the ban because it was mainly planned in the form of a car convoy. The police are being used by the government to restrict freedom of expression. “The whole of Slovakia should watch live how democracy is being destroyed,” he said. Then he got into a police car, which brought him for questioning./ct/DP/men

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